As we reflect on the life of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, it is right to acknowledge the great momentum he gave to eventual peace in Northern Ireland. Albert did a tremendous job as Taoiseach and will long be remembered across this island and further afield as a man dedicated to peace in the face of […]

This morning a survey on adult drinking in Northern Ireland reveals that nearly three quarters of adults drink alcohol, with over two thirds of males exceeding the recommended daily levels. It also indicated that 11% who responded were likely to have a problem with drink. The effects of excessive alcohol consumption and harm are often […]

I wish to condemn the apparent overnight arson attack on a former South Belfast primary school. If reports of arsonists being responsible for the fire at the old Newtonbreda school are correct, it’s a sad example of the lengths some people will go to inflict damage on community infrastructure. The school has been closed for […]

In todays meeting with the Secretary of State myself and SDLP colleagues made it very clear that parades must not politicised. We told the Secretary of State very firmly that the unionist proposal for a new Commission would undermine local dialogue, the Parades Commission and the courts and this must not be allowed to happen. […]

Last night, during watermain works, NI Waterstaff discovered a large void, or underground hole under the Ravenhill road, Belfast. We need to prioritise the safety of all road users during works to deal with the discovery of an underground hole on the Ravenhill Road. I am also calling for further investigation of the ground conditions […]

“I wish to thank those who came out to highlight the humanitarian crisis in Gaza at last weekends Rally. I pleased that so many public representatives, including many members of the SDLP have attended the Irish Congress of Trade Unions rally in Belfast to highlight the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. ‘The world has witnessed the […]

The Hallet Review Report in relation to the OTR letters was published by the British Government this morning. “Justice Hallett conducted this review into secret letters issued to republican terrorism suspects under time constraints and I want to acknowledge and thank Justice Hallett for her diligence and efforts. It is evident that the SDLP were […]

Questions to the Secretary of State during Northern Ireland Questions in Westminster on Wednesday 16th July   I asked the Secretary of State: Could the Secretary of State confirm that an independent arbitration body is absolutely necessary to arbitrate on contentious parades and would she confirm that the parades commission is the law and that […]

I am very  disappointed in relation to this afternoons events at the all party talks.  The UUP and DUP are to withdraw from the Talks on the future of flags, parading and the Past in reaction to the Parades Commission refusal to allow the 12th July march to pass the Ardoyne shop fronts. The SDLP […]

  “Today we learned that Irish Minister for Education RuairíQuinn TD has announced that he is to withdraw from the Irish Cabinet and will not contest the next General Election. “Ruairí Quinn, like so many of his Labour Party colleagues has been a powerful friend to the SDLP and a strong supporter of the peace process and […]