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12 January 2011
RD 03/10/11

Young people tell Assembly Committee
‘Transport Matters’

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Regional Development is to host a special event [1] this evening to hear the views of young people on using public transport. Working with The Consumer Council and YouthAction NI, young people from YouthAction’s Community Leadership Programme conducted research among their peers.  The resulting report ‘Transport Matters’ [2] and findings will be presented by the young people to members of the Committee and invited stakeholders.

Speaking before the event Committee Chair Fred Cobain, MLA said: “When the Committee heard about the research and how it was designed and carried out by young people, for young people, we were very keen to hear the outcomes. It is fantastic to see young people interested in shaping public policy, and in finding ways to improve services.

“We wanted to host this event to give people involved in the research the opportunity to speak directly to the Committee and to key stakeholders about their views and ideas on public transport. What we hear this evening will be very useful in our work on sustainable transport. The Committee will publish a report of the event and will wait with interest to see how the Department for Regional Development and transport providers respond to the recommendations in the report.”

Charlene Mullan from YouthAction’s Community Leadership Programme added: “When the Consumer Council approached us to suggest we carry out our own research on our experiences and views of public transport we were really keen, especially as there was an opportunity to present our views to politicians. For those of us who live in rural areas, public transport can be our only way of travelling to training and work or social activities. In many areas the transport on offer stops running too early or it is too far to the bus stop. This can limit young people’s potential and their overall quality of life. This report includes our recommendations on how public transport can meet the needs of younger people.”

A group of young people from YouthAction’s Community Leadership Programme [3] will be present the findings and recommendations of the report which will be followed by a drama performance of the key messages from the report.


Notes for Editors :

1. A copy of the research report “Transport Matters: Young people’s experiences, attitudes and idea for improving public transport” can be accessed at
A total of 38 young people in the YouthAction Community Leadership Programme, aged 18-25, developed and completed questionnaires which they in turn completed with local youth groups as part of their work placements. In total 189 young people completed the questionnaires. The Consumer Council and YouthAction provided support to the young people who designed and carried out the research.

2. The event will take place in The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings and will include an overview of findings by young people, and a drama presentation of the key messages from the research. This will be followed by a discussion on the findings between young people and key stakeholders.

3. For more information on YouthAction NI Community Leadership Programme visit

Membership of the Regional Development Committee is as follows:


Mr Fred Cobain MLA

Deputy Chairperson:

Ms Michelle McIlveen MLA

Committee Members:

Billy Armstrong MLA


Allan Bresland MLA


Cathal Boylan MLA


Billy Leonard MLA


Anna Lo MLA


Fra McCann MLA


Ian McCrea MLA


Conall McDevitt MLA


George Robinson MLA

Media enquiries:

Media opportunities are available to film or photograph the drama and to interview Members of the Committee for Regional Development and Charlene Mullan of YouthAction’s Community Leadership Programme. To arrange please contact a member of the Communications team:

Jennifer Pleavin
Communications Officer
Northern Ireland Assembly
Phone: 028 9052 1606
Mobile : 07502 379339

Sinead Murphy
Deputy Communications Officer
Northern Ireland Assembly
Phone: 028 9052 5938
Mobile : 07899 864368

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