October 2021 - Cameron Byrne
Since joining the Clerk of Tynwald’s Office, I have had a hugely varied and busy workload, as such I can safely say two days are never the same here in Tynwald. In addition to getting to grips with how the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald works day to day, I have also had to learn how our parliament
functions and the different stages a General Election.
Despite only being here two months I have had the
opportunity to get involved in a wide range of projects. The first of which was
to help with the ongoing website migration, as Tynwald establishes a new online
presence. Having little to no experience in the more technical side of IT,
working on the new website has been a steep, but enjoyable, learning curve. I
have also contributed a range of smaller projects and initiatives such as
education outreach and library services. A particular highlight was giving a talk to
the sixth formers at King William’s College about the role of Tynwald and its
place in the Isle of Man.
I have spent time on the front desk of Legislative Buildings allowing me to see first hand how members of the public contact and message their MHKs. It has been very interesting to witness the depth and extent of engagement between MHKs and their constituents.
I have been afforded the opportunity to research a wide range of issues, of which some have been turned into briefing papers and others into personal research notes for Members. Although researching is a skill for more within my wheelhouse, gritting to grips with parliamentary writing styles and policy research has been, both interesting and challenging in equal measures.
Having joined the office in September, just before the 2021 General Election,
it has been enlightening to see the process by which MHKs are elected and sworn-in. I have been fortunate enough to be able to watch a sitting of Tynwald, Keys and Legislative Council. A noteworthy sitting was that of the election of the Chief Minister which was for the first time, held in the House of Keys.
My time at the Clerk of Tynwald’s Office, although short, has been interesting and challenging but most of all enjoyable.