SDLP Dunmurry Cross Councillor Brian Heading has condemned those behind yesterday’s shooting in Foxes Glen, where PSNI officers were targeted after responding to hoax reports of a burglary.
Cllr Heading said: “This heinous attack represents not just an assault on a number of PSNI officers, but an assault on law and order and an assault on an entire local community.
“Those behind this ambush put many lives at risk, including those of children in the area, and they must be brought to book for their actions. Read more
A popular Tyrone based company is to create 180 new jobs.
SDLP West Tyrone MLA Joe Byrne has congratulated Linden Foods in Dungannon on the news that they have created nearly 180 new jobs.
Mr. Byrne who is the Vice-Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee at Stormont said:
“I want to extend my warm congratulations to Linden Foods, Dungannon, which is part of the Fane Valley Group on their expansion and creation of 179 posts. Read more
SDLP MLA for Foyle, Mark H Durkan, has commended the PSNI on an operation in Derry which saw them intercept weapons in a car.
”There is certainly relief in the city today that another successful police operation has led to the removal from our streets of instruments of death and destruction.
“While it is alarming and depressing that there are still people out there intent on waging their warped war, it’s encouraging that the police have scuppered their evil intentions last night and on other occasions recently.
“I would like to commend the police on their good work which has prevented further crime and suffering. I would also praise the people of Derry for their patience and understanding during the follow up security operation.”
SDLP Leader Alasdair McDonnell will be meeting the Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin today (14 February) at 12 noon in Leinster House.
The SDLP leader will be accompanied by an SDLP senior delegation and will discuss a number of issues including recent flag protests, the parades commission, the role of the Dublin Government and North/South relations. The delegation will also meet with a number of other TD’s during the visit to Dublin.
SDLP Leader Alasdair McDonnell MP MLA has responded to comments regarding flag protocol at Stormont which were made by Edwin Poots and Sammy Wilson this morning.
Dr. McDonnell said:
“The existing position in respect of flags at Stormont is clear. Edwin Poots and Sammy Wilson are aggravating matters by suggesting the current policy should be reviewed at a time when we need leadership and a moderate response.
“We have two DUP Ministers consciously, recklessly and deliberately inflaming the situation rather than calling for calm.
“There is no chance of doing something further in respect of flags at Stormont and this type of comments by two Ministers only escalates the situation further.”
Foyle MP Mark Durkan supporting this year’s World Aids Day / the Why Stop Now? campaign.
SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has given his full support to World Aids Day (tomorrow 1 December) and has written to the Prime Minister David Cameron urging the government to commit to a blueprint to end AIDS within the next generation.
The idea of a blueprint has already been taken on in the US and Mr Durkan – who is supporting the Why Stop Now? campaign – is hoping the British government will follow suit, mapping out a strategy for how UK resources can be used effectively to combat HIV and AIDS, and how the government will lead the global HIV response. Read more
SDLP Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has said that dissident group Republican Action Against Drugs has no support among the vast majority of the Derry community.
Speaking ahead of the ‘RAAD – Not in Our Name’ rally to protest against the murder of Derry man Andy Allen, who was shot dead in his Buncrana home last week, Mr Ramsey said: “These thugs who murdered Andy Allen have no support here among right-minded members of the community. Read more
SDLP Policing Spokesperson Conall McDevitt is calling on the Assembly for an all-island Forensic Science Service to tackle the huge delays in the organisation.
Speaking ahead of an Assembly motion on the issue on Monday, the South Belfast MLA said: Read more
Tom Elliott the new leader of the UUP
Leader and South Down MP Margaret Ritchie of the SDLP has congratulated Tom Elliott from Fermanagh on his election as Ulster Unionist Party leader and paid tribute to his predecessor Sir Reg Empey.
She said: “I have known Sir Reg for a long time and worked closely with him as an Executive Minister in recent years. I am grateful for his support during this time most notably the backing he gave me when I stopped funding the UDA-related Conflict Transformation Initiative and for his ground-breaking invitation to address his party conference in 2007. Read more
SDLP Strabane councillor Eugene McMenamin has said a security alert in Strabane on Thursday morning defies logic and has only succeeded in disrupting businesses and traffic through a main arterial route of the town.
Speaking from the scene, Mr McMenamin said: “It’s caused quite a bit of confusion and disruption and immediately, we have to ask, for what end this has happened.