Roe Valley students challenge politicians at ‘Let’s Talk’

Post primary school students from throughout the Roe Valley area were given the chance to probe their local politicians at a ‘Let’s Talk’ event in Limavady last week.

The Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre hosted 65 students and teachers from six schools for the event.

BBC political correspondent Mark Carruthers kept students busy with a series of topical questions specific to young people and potential first time voters.

The students responded on an anonymous touch pad system called Qwizdom, before questioning a selection of Councillors in the Causeway Coast and Glens Council for five minutes each, in a speeding dating style format.

Issues put to councillors included progressive politics, working together and forgetting about the past.

The event was organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Council Good Relations Officers through their Youth Leadership Programme.

Good Relations Officer Patricia Cameron said: “Feedback from teachers and students at the event was extremely positive. It was good to get a diverse range of politicians from right across the board involved and the interaction between the Councillors and students was fantastic.