Devolution tops NI body’s agenda

The Northern Ireland Government Affairs Group officially launches in Belfast next week, to urge the Government to devolve power again to the Stormont assembly.

The Northern Ireland Government Affairs Group officially launches

in Belfast next week, to urge the Government to devolve power again to

the Stormont assembly.



The group’s first meeting was held last month by chairman Conor McGrath,

lecturer in political communications and public affairs at the

University of Ulster, and vice-chair Glyn Roberts, head of PR for the

Ulster Cancer Foundation.



The body will be formally launched by Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy

next Thursday. McGrath hopes to attract members from across Ireland.



Although membership cannot be confirmed until after the launch, the

anticipated 60 members are expected to come from PR and lobbying firms

and in-house staff. Committee members for the new body include secretary

Neil Johnston and treasurer Peter Conway, a director at Morrow

Communications.



’Devolution is, of course, preferable from our point of view. Our

members share a desire to ensure that when power is devolved to local

politicians again lobbying is undertaken on a professional, responsible

basis. This sort of association was unimaginable a couple of years ago,’

McGrath said.



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