Assembly Election 2017

Assembly Election 2017We have an important opportunity in the coming weeks to help shape the future of education in Northern Ireland.

The Assembly election on 02 March 2017 provides a platform to send a message to politicians regarding the future we want for young people in Northern Ireland.
During last year’s campaign we saw integrated education feature in the majority of party manifestos.  With the structures, processes and relationships  of the Stormont government thrown into the spotlight,  we have an opportunity to highlight the appetite for positive change in Northern Ireland, and to call for  the political will to reflect the wishes of citizens.


We have compiled a list of resources to help you engage better with politicians and political parties.

Keep up to date with what’s happening during the campaign period with the Political News section of our website.


Know your constituency
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Click here to see Fresh Start: the Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan including progress reports.

Click here to see who are the current Ministers. The Ministers stay in position until the night before the election (ie end of business 1 March) BUT from 26 January when the Assembly is dissolved they have a “caretaker” role – ie not making new decisions but signing off on current pieces of work and handling any major issues which arise.

Click here to see a list of the candidates in each constituency.

Click here to see the 2017 manifestos from the parties who won seats in the 2016 Election.

Click here to see the 2016 party manifestos – what they said then

Click here for our Quiz the Candidates page – We’ve drawn up some questions which the IEF has been putting to political parties; you may like to put the same questions to party representatives in the doorstep.


Useful links:
The Northern Ireland Assembly
The Electoral Commission
NICVA – Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action
Electoral office of Northern Ireland
They work for you
Green Party
Sinn Fein
People Before Profit

The IEF is keen to help schools and supporters with campaigning – for example, in planning a hustings event, engaging with candidates or communicating with political parties. Information on this is available in our Advocacy Resources section.

If you would like any further information, help or guidance on engaging with politicians, contact Maddy Bridgman, Public Affairs and Advocacy Officer at 028 9069 4099 or