Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) are elected by, and represent the people of, Northern Ireland. MLAs pass laws and examine policy on transferred matters like health, education, the environment, social work and housing. They scrutinise the work of Ministers and hold Departments to account.
The MLAs were elected in March 2007 and took their seats for the first time in session on May 8, 2007.
MLAs meet in Parliament Buildings, and Plenary debates are held on Mondays and Tuesdays during sessions. Plenaries take place in the Chamber and the public may view proceedings from the gallery.
Plenary sessions are usually held from 12.00 Noon (Mondays) and from 10.30 am (Tuesdays). Seats in the Public Gallery are allocated on a first come, first served basis on the day of the sitting and tickets are available from 30 minutes prior to the start of the session. Visitors wishing to visit the Public Gallery should report to the front reception area of Parliament Buildings. There is no charge for a visit to Parliament Buildings.
Information about Plenary business is available on the ‘What’s Happening’ section of the website.
Looking down into the Assembly Chamber