Northern Ireland

Belfast City Council meetings to be streamed online

Council chamber
Image caption People will be able to watch the council meetings online.

Belfast City Council is to become the first in Northern Ireland to broadcast its meetings live on the internet.

The meeting at City Hall on 1 December will be the first to be streamed on the council website.

The project will cost just under £20,000 a year and the council hopes it will help improve interaction with Belfast's ratepayers.

A number of views of the chamber will be available during the streaming of the monthly meetings.

The decision to broadcast the council meetings online was initially taken in 2010 but had to be tested and reviewed before going live.

It's understood a dry run during the 1 November meeting was a success.

The decision was taken to increase the council's presence online and to offer people in Belfast, and further afield, a better opportunity to see what happens at City Hall.

A council spokesperson said: "This enables the council to be open and transparent to ratepayers.

"It increases awareness of the work and responsibility of the council and improves interaction with ratepayers - giving them an opportunity to comment on decisions through our social networking sites."

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