The inaugural meeting of the Citizens' Assembly was on the 15 October. A full calendar of meetings is available here.
The meetings of the Citizens' Assembly will be live streamed here.
Generally speaking the format for the meetings will be as follows:
- Introductory remarks by the Chairperson
- Expert presentations
- Presentations from civil society and advocacy groups
- Consideration of submissions by Members of the public
- Question and Answer Sessions and Debates
- Roundtable discussions
Deliberation and Facilitation of Discussions
Deliberation by members is a cornerstone of the Assembly exercise. Roundtable discussions are built into the timetable for each Assembly meeting to allow the members the opportunity to further examine, discuss, debate and enhance their understanding of the material they are considering.
To assist with this discussion, facilitators and note-takers are present at each table. Roomaxx Ltd were selected to provide this service following a competitive tendering process.
The facilitators are present to ensure equality of voice amongst members. They will enable each Assembly member to make a contribution and ensure the discussion is fair and respectful. The note-taker will draw up a summary of the discussion, which will be relayed back to the wider group.
Guidelines provided to facilitators and note-takers to help them carry out their role are available to view here.
Following these discussions, all matters before the Assembly will be voted upon and recommendations based on the majority view of the Members will be made to the Houses of the Oireachtas.
The Government will then provide a response to each recommendation of the Assembly and, if accepting the recommendation, will indicate the timeframe it envisages for the holding of any related referendum.