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Constitutional Change

At the meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on the 29th April 2021 the following Motion was passed:

That this Council recognises that the discussions about a constitutional change are now well underway and this Council has a duty to consult with its ratepayers on this important issue and the implications for the Council area and the wider north-west.

Therefore, calls on the Council to establish a working group on Irish unity and to begin a consultation with ratepayers and community and business representatives and with trade union, climate justice, LGBTQ+, migrant and social justice, all-island health, disability, mental health, rail and other social justice groups to assess views on the issues related to constitutional change.

The Working Group has been meeting and is:

  • Collating research materials in order share current thinking and findings/analysis
  • Discussing the initial stages in the development of an inclusive approach to engaging citizens and other stakeholders.

It is recognised that this is an important and dynamic subject area and this webpage, will be used to keep people up to date with what is happening.


Section 1 : Research materials

The Working Group has collated a number of reports, presentations and articles in elation to the issue of Constitutional Change . Each document can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate link:

 

Title and Year

Description

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Section 2: Engagement Process

In order to ensure that the engagement process is inclusive, the Council is intending, to take forward 

Phase 1:

Open Public Consultation and Call for Evidence: Constitutional Change

Derry City and Strabane District Council invites comments from the public, businesses and organisations on constitutional change and the implications for the Council area and the wider north-west. 

Background Information

At the meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on the 29th April 2021 the following Motion was passed:

That this Council recognises that the discussion about a constitutional change is now well underway and this Council has a duty to consult with its ratepayers on this important issue and the implications for the Council area and the wider north-west……..

In order to take forward this engagement, the Council is initially seeking views via an open public consultation and call for evidence, details of which are set out below.


What is the purpose of this consultation?

The aim of the consultation is to collate views, experiences, research and evidence (from as wide a range of stakeholders, as possible) in relation to constitutional change and the implications for the Council area and the wider north-west.  

It is hoped that this public consultation and call for evidence, along with the access to a range of academic papers and other information made available on the ‘Council’s Constitutional Change Portal’, will enhance understanding of the local issues and implications associated with constitutional change.

The information collected will be made available (in an anonymised format) and may be used to inform discussions, debate and future citizen engagement and empowerment approaches, as well as more in-depth analysis /consideration of the issues identified.


How do I contribute?

Views, experiences, research and other evidence can be submitted via the Council website by filling in the on line form at www.derrystrabane.com/constitution and attaching any relevant information.

Details can also be submitted

  • via email to [email protected] or
  • by writing to:  Constitutional Change: Open call, Derry City and Strabane District Council, 98 Strand Road, Derry, BT48 7NN.   

Alternative arrangements can be facilitated, on request, for those people who are unable to submit their views using the above means.


Why now?

Council recognises that discussions about constitutional change are already underway and believes there is an opportunity to engage with local people, organisations and other stakeholders in order to ensure that their views are captured and that there is enhanced understanding of the issues and implications. 


When is the submission deadline?

Date: 28 February 2023


Who should participate?

The Council is keen to receive views from as wide a range of stakeholders as possible, including but not limited to:

  • ratepayers and community and business representatives
  • trade unions, 
  • social justice groups including those representing interests in areas such as climate justice, mental health, all-island health, and rail, and
  • representatives of LGBTQ+, migrant communities and people with a disability.

Section 3:  Events, consultations and learning opportunities

 

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Section 4: What’s New

 

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