Forward Look from Brown O'Connor Communications - Week Commencing 27 May 2019

Forward Look

  • The votes for the European Parliamentary Elections in Northern Ireland will be counted from 8am on Monday 27 May.

  • The Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, has said that he expects the Stormont Talks process to intensify over the next 2 weeks. He added that the Prime Minister and Taoiseach will receive recommendations on how the negotiations should proceed at the end of next week.

  • Mel Stride MP has been appointed as the new Leader of the House of Commons following the resignation of Andrea Leadsom. He was previously the Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

  • The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill will not be brought to the House of Commons in the first week of June. Instead, a timeline for the introduction of the Bill is due to be set out after the House of Commons returns from Recess on 4 June.

  • Maria Caulfield MP and Mark Pritchard MP have officially been nominated as candidates to become the new Chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee. Maria Caulfield is currently on the Committee and Mark Pritchard served on the Committee between November 2016 and May 2017.

  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has advertised for a new Chief Executive. The closing date for applications is 3 June.

  • The Lord Chancellor is seeking to appoint lay members to the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission.

  • The Attorney General for Northern Ireland is hosting a Constitutional Law Summer School in Belfast from 7 – 9 August.

  • EE will launch its 5G network in Belfast on 30 May.

  • The White House confirmed that US President Donald Trump will visit Ireland on 5 June following his three-day state visit to the UK.


Other Stories This Week

  • Former Sinn Féin MLA, Michaela Boyle, who left the position to become a Councillor, has been appointed as the new Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council.

  • Northern Ireland’s economy was the slowest growing of any UK region in the first quarter of 2019. Figures from the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence put year-on-year growth at 0.7%, compared to an average UK growth rate of 1.5%.

  • Sinn Féin launched a new policy paper on ‘Towards a New Employment Model: Strengthening Workers’ Rights.’

Upcoming Key Political and Business Events

  • 28 May, NILGA Elected Member Planning Training

  • 29 May, Belfast Chamber Meeting the Supplier Seminar

  • 30 May, NI Chamber Developing Your Growth Potential – High Performance Networking

  • 30 May, Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2019

  • 30 May, Think People Consulting and Eversheds Sutherland, Managing Sensitive Issues in the Workplace

  • 3 June, Economic Briefing with CBI Chief Economist

  • 4 June, CBI Conference Series: Post-Brexit Economic Growth