The Unionist perspective on the constitutional future of the island of Ireland will be heard in the Seanad later today, along with other voices.

The Upper House of the Oireachtas is engaging in a public consultation on Ireland's future and will hear from faith leaders, including former moderator of the Presbyterian Church, Norman Hamilton.

The next session will be led by the Alliance Party's Westminster MP Stephen Farry, followed by Claire Sugden MLA, a former justice minster in the Northern Executive.

One of the final speakers will be Ian Marshall, a former member of Seanad Éireann.

He is expected to say that the constitutional conversation must be detoxified and a platform created for all to speak and to be heard, but most importantly for all to listen.

Cathaoirleach Mark Daly said the Seanad was indebted to the many people across the island who are engaging in this process, and he warmly welcomes the presence of friends from the Unionist community.

He said he was particularly looking forward to hearing from Mr Marshall.