Forward Look; Forthcoming Political and Business Events; and Live Consultations


Forward Look

  • The Belfast City Council Annual General Meeting takes place on Tuesday 21 May. Newly elected Sinn Fein Councillor John Finucane will be the next Lord Mayor of Belfast.

  • The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will hear oral evidence from CEO of Hospitality Ulster Colin Neill as part of their inquiry into tourism in Northern Ireland.

  • The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and Work and Pensions Committee have launched a joint inquiry into welfare policy in Northern Ireland. The deadline for written submissions is Friday 24 May.

  • Elections to the EU Parliament take place across Europe from 23-26 May. Polling day in Northern Ireland is 23 May and votes will be counted from 8am on Monday 27 May.

  • Parliament will be in recess from 24 May to 3 June.

  • A special EU summit will be held on 28 May to begin the process of nominating the next leaders of the EU institutions.

  • Prime Minister Theresa May will bring the Withdrawal Agreement Bill before Parliament on the week commencing 3 June. She will set out the timetable for her departure after the vote.

  • The ballot to replace Dr Andrew Murrison as Chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will take place between 10am and 1.30pm on Wednesday 12 June in Committee Room 16. Only members of the Conservative Party can be nominated for the post.

  • The Belfast Chamber of Commerce is seeking a new Chief Executive.

Upcoming Key Political and Business Events

  • 21 May, NI Chamber Customs Declarations Training

  • 21 May, Bertie Ahern Lecture at Queen’s ‘Peace Process – In light of Brexit Issues’

  • 22 May, Meet Belfast Chamber Event

  • 22 May, Queen’s University, Working with teams under pressure

  • 23 May, CBI Annual Dinner Northern Ireland

  • 23 May, NI Chamber Business Lunch with Department for International Trade

  • 23 May, IoD NI New and Renew Member Lunch

  • 23 May, Women in Business: Influence the Decision Makers

  • 23 May, European Parliament elections in the UK

  • 24 May, European Parliament and local government elections in the Republic of Ireland

  • 24 May, Referendum on Divorce in the Republic of Ireland

  • 24 May, Referendum on directly elected Mayors in Cork, Limerick and Waterford

  • 28 May, University of Ulster Northern Ireland Graduate Recruitment Fair

  • 28 May, NILGA Elected Member Planning Training