by Victoria Cairns Year 13

On Tuesday 23rd of February the Year 13 Politics went on a trip to Stormont to enhance their understanding of the AS1 module which covers Northern Irish politics.

Upon arrival they were greeted by the Stormont education team and given the opportunity to speak to the Committee clerk of the Education Committee, Peter McCallion. The class was able to interview Mr McCallion and obtain useful information on the effectiveness of the Committee system in holding the Executive to account.

They were then given the opportunity to watch the Assembly in plenary session, discussing the Multiple Occupation Bill This allowed the class to see the Institutions at work.

Afterwards, the class were given the chance to interview MLAs about their parties and the upcoming election. The class would like to thank Steven Agnew MLA Green Party, Barry McElduff MLA Sinn Fein, Claire Hanna MLA SDLP, Kieran McCarthy MLA Alliance, Mike Nesbitt MLA UUP for taking time to speak to and enhance their understanding of some of Northern Ireland’s parties.

The class would also like to thank Mrs Bailie and Mr Keys for organising the trip and allowing them to have this opportunity to enhance their understanding of the politics and government of Northern Ireland.