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
’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,’