Northern Ireland's first ever Citizens' Assembly is to be established next month.

Between 50 and 100 people will be selected at random from the electoral register to make up the body, which is being funded by the charity, Building Change Trust.

The Assembly will be broadly similar to the Constitutional Convention in the Republic, which has made recommendations on a number of issues, including the abortion referendum.

The new citizens’ body will not have legislative or statutory decision making powers and will operate only in an advisory capacity.

Its first meetings are scheduled for October and November.