N. Ireland Politics

What has the NI Assembly done for you?

What has the assembly ever done for you?

This week I have the unusual experience of tucking Stormont ministers under my arm and taking them to five towns and cities around Northern Ireland, to ask that very question.

But no politician has been manhandled in the making of this series.

I've shown video clips of the ministers to ordinary people, who then give their assessment on how much of a difference Stormont has made in their lives.

The first minister out on the road is the DUP's Arlene Foster, the minister for enterprise, trade and investment.

People from the business community in Coleraine take a hard look at her record.

Whilst they are impressed with some of the department's work, they have plenty of criticisms too.

But it doesn't stop there.

Their comments go onto the iPad and I take them back to the minister to see how she reacts.

Over this week, we hold five key departments to account, each run by a minister from a different political party.

The series is being featured every night this week on BBC Newsline at 1830 GMT.

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