The report of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee on the “on the runs” inquiry has further emphasised that the scheme was a backroom deal which has undermined the peace and political processes while letting victims down. As a member of the committee I have attended the evidence sessions going back to last summer, where we […]

It comes as no surprise to me that the DUP is now getting into bed with UKIP after it instigated such reprehensible electoral pacts with the Ulster Unionists. He certainly hasn’t publicised it himself but Peter Robinson has been having chats with UKIPs deputy leader about working together to bring about an early referendum on […]

There can be can be no more backroom deals on the issues which have been brought to crisis point by parties in the Assembly. I am calling for a a special Assembly committee to be urgently convened to deal with Welfare Reform. SDLP representatives had a very frank meeting with the Secretary of State this […]

Yesterday afternoon in the NI Assembly I had the opportunity to query the Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan MLA as to why it has been proposed to delist Kellys Cellars Belfast as an historic listed building. The Minister explained that this is party of an ongoing survey of such buildings in the City. He is […]

Yesterdays evening’s decision by Belfast City Council not to support the temporary closure of St Georges Market in June is welcome news for local traders. It was proposed to close the market for nearly a week to facilitate a business conference, with the traders being forced to move out. Myself and party colleagues, Fearghal Mckinney […]

British exit (Brexit) from the European Union would bring economic and political instability that would be disastrous for these islands. The European Union has been a cornerstone of establishing lasting peace in Ireland and will be a pivotal influence in the prosperity process that must now follow decades of violence induced stagnation. Our biggest challenge […]

Myself and my colleagues Fearghal McKinney MLA and Cllr Kate Mullan met with Senior Tesco Management today to highlight the local depth of feeling about the unexpected announcement of the closure of the Tesco Store on the Cregagh Road, with the potential loss of 59 full and part-time staff. There is currently a strong community […]

Todays announcement that Kainos are committed to a major expansion delivering over 400 jobs in Belfast and Derry is very welcome news. Kainos are head quartered in South Belfast, after emerging as a Queens University campus company nearly thirty years ago. Todays news of their expansion plans is great news for Belfast and Derry and […]

Best of luck to SDLP candidate Justin McNulty, running in the Newry and Armagh constituency for this Mays Westminster election.