Brown O'Connor Communications Forward Look snapshot for week commencing 8 April

  • Clodagh Rice will take over as Business Correspondent at BBC NI, replacing Julian O’Neill who is now the BBC NI Home Affairs Correspondent.

  • The European Council is meeting at a special summit on 10 April where Theresa May is expected to request a further extension to the Article 50 process.

  • The UK Government has agreed to begin preparing the country to take part in the upcoming European elections in case a long extension is required.

  • The first week of Parliament’s Easter recess, which was due to begin this coming week, has been cancelled.

  • The Belfast City Council Strategic Policy and Resources Committee have agreed that a City Growth and Innovation Commission be established to integrate and join up major strategic projects facing the city of Belfast for the next 10-20 years. The Commission will be led by the Council’s Chief Executive.

  • The Census in 2021 will gather information on sexual orientation and armed forces veterans for the first time.

  • Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council have published “Connect, Invest, Transform”, a 10 year investment plan proposition document.

  • Parliament’s Business Committee has recommended that the “Big Four” accountancy firms be broken up to improve the quality of auditing.

  • The Secretary of State Karen Bradley will answer oral questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday 10 April.

  • The opening night of Belfast Film Festival takes place on Thursday 11 April.