Last week President Michael D Higgins made a historic first visit to the UK by an Irish head of state.  I was delighted to be present in Westminster when he addressed both Houses of Parliament.  He made a thoughtful and well delivered speech that touched on the history between both countries, but also wove in […]

  This week I highlighted the continued unfairness faced by air passengers in Northern Ireland, as the Republic scraps air travel tax from Irish airports. Passengers travelling from northern airports must pay a £13 departure tax, whilst from 1st April flights from the likes of Dublin will see no such tax. The UK air passenger […]

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All Political parties must sign up and fulfill the promise and potential of the Haass Talks. Speaking during a parliamentary debate on Thursday regarding ‘on-the-runs’, I was of the view the Downey case confirmed the worst fears of victims, and further undermines their lack of confidence in the whole process of truth, justice and reconciliation. As a member of […]

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The confirmation by the DUP that they will run only one European Candidate is indicative of the opportunity for Alex Attwood MLA to retake a European seat for the SDLP. The DUP choice shows that the largest Unionist party don’t feel confident of gaining an extra seat, fearing the threat of a strong nationalist turnout. […]

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Visit to St Malachys Youth Centre, with SDLP European Candidate Alex Attwood MLA

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Photo of Minister Alex White T.D with Staff of Knockbreda Centre, Belfast during a visit in February

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SDLP Leader Alasdair McDonnell MP has paid tribute to former NIO Minister Paul Goggins following news of the death of the MP for Wythenshawe last night. Wed 8th January Dr McDonnell said: “I was deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Paul Goggins last night. As an NIO minister he made a huge […]

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SDLP Leader and MP for South Belfast Alasdair McDonnell has questioned the Secretary of State Theresa Villiers on the UK government’s commitment to working with political parties and the Irish government to ensure the implementation of the Haass/O’Sullivan proposals . Wed 8th January Dr McDonnell was speaking after a statement made by the Secretary of […]