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APN 2-08/09
Access to the main Chamber

Members will wish to be aware that, following the refurbishment of the main Chamber during the summer recess, the access arrangements have been changed. Level access has been provided at the main entrance and via the doors either side of the Speaker’s table (formerly used to access the Officials’ Boxes). Members are requested to enter and leave by these doors or via the Division Lobbies and not to use the doors behind the Speaker’s table.


New speakers, microphones and high definition cameras have been installed in the Chamber. To take full advantage of the new equipment Members should ensure that they address their remarks towards the Speaker. Speaking away from the microphones means that Members may not be picked up clearly and the media will be unable to use the material for broadcasting; additionally, the camera angles are preset to film Members looking towards the Speaker.

Members are invited to view the Chamber on Wednesday 10 th and Thursday 11 th September from 10am to noon when staff from Properties Directorate and Assembly Broadcasting will be on hand to highlight the changes that have been made.

2008 European Heritage Open Days

Below is an advertisement that will be featured in the local press relating to the 2008 European Heritage Open Days.

The doors of power are opening

For two days only, Parliament Buildings and Stormont Castle will be allowing free access to everyone as part of the 2008 European Heritage Open Days.
Don’t miss this opportunity to take in the fascinating architecture and history, stroll through the majestic gardens and get up to date with the present day functions of these two iconic buildings.

Free tours on 13 and 14 September only.
Doors open at 10am with fi nal tours commencing at 3pm.

For dining in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings call 028 9052 0141 (Mon-Fri). Lunch sittings are 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm. Pre-booking is recommended.

Tea and coffee service will also be available and Assembly merchandise may be purchased at the Parliament Buildings shop.
Entry to the Stormont Estate is via the Massey Avenue gate only.

Visitors with mobility problems requiring close vehicular access to Parliament Buildings can be accommodated by prior arrangement by contacting 028 9052 1172.

Visitors with additional or other special requirements may also contact this number to make suitable arrangements.
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