I wish to pay tribute to Alex Salmond in the wake of his resignation as First Minister and as leader of the SNP following the success of the Better Together campaign in the Scottish Referendum. I fully understand Alex Salmond’s reasoning for taking a step back after a hectic campaign. He has set Scotland on a […]

“The Scottish National Party has shown how independence campaigns should be fought. It was a campaign where proper time and space was taken to debate the issues fully and this along with the incredibly high turnout has meant that the democratic process has been the true winner. The people of Scotland have engaged in a rational, […]

Visited the British Heart Foundation shop on Castle Lane recently and donated a bag of clothing  as part of a new campaign urging people to donate bags full of their unwanted items to BHF shops. The Campaign will  help fund further research into children born with congenital heart disease in Northern Ireland.   This September 150 children […]

I had the opportunity to speak in the Assembly on Monday 15th to comment on the passing of former First Minister, Ian Paisley. My contribution is below: My main purpose in speaking is to express my most sincere sympathy and that of my colleagues and the SDLP to Baroness Paisley and the family, including the […]

Received positive news from Translink that they have listened to my representations in relation to the need to alter the bus service serving Belfast Stena Terminal.   I had previously been contacted by constituents who were frustrated at the lack of connecting bus services to the city centre from the later Stena Ferry arrivals into Belfast. Following representations […]

This morning I have called on the British and Irish governments to move decisively to initiate all-party talks with the full involvement of the two governments following comments made by First Minister Peter Robinson today. The SDLP has said repeatedly that the most viable Talks process needed to include all party and two government. We […]

Yesterday in the Assembly there were many questions to the Regional Development Minister in relation to the impacts of custs on services such as street lighting and road maintenance. The Street lighting situation is particularly acute. The Minister revealed that three quarters of the work carried out to repair street lighting faults is carried out […]

8th Sept 2014 I am glad and, indeed, privileged to be able to rise here and have an opportunity to pay tribute to Albert Reynolds, who died recently. Albert Reynolds coined the phrase, as quoted earlier, “Who is afraid of peace?” It is a very poignant question and one that we would all do well […]

I want to congratulate Archbishop Eamon Martin on his elevation to the role of Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland following Pope Francis’ acceptance of Cardinal Brady’s resignation. Archbishop Martin has done fantastic work in Derry and as coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh since his appointment last year. The Church faces huge challenges in […]