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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."

To date, the Working Group has:

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

Research Materials

As highlighted above, the Working Group has collated a number of reports, presentations and articles in relation to the issue of Constitutional Change. This research has been collated into the following categories:

Individual documents can be accessed by clicking on the relevant category and selecting the appropriate link. 

A file index is available and can be accessed by clicking here.

Public Views: 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. 

What is the purpose of this engagement?

This engagement aims 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 information will enhance understanding of the local issues and implications associated with constitutional change.

How do I contribute?

Views, experiences, research and other evidence can be submitted by clicking on the link below

Please note this engagement process has now concluded.

Details can also be submitted

  • via email to [email protected] or
  • by writing to:  Constitutional Change, 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. 

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.

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