Wednesday 8th May 2013 SDLP Spokesperson on Regional Development John Dallat has warned ‘carrion crows’ to stop picking over the carcass of the A5 project in the hope of diverting the money into other more affluent areas of the North or into other government departments. He said:
Wednesday 8th May 2013 SDLP Agricultural spokesperson and Vice-Chair of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development Joe Byrne has expressed his deep frustration at the slowness of aid payments to farmers:
Wednesday 8th May 2013 SDLP Economy Spokesperson Patsy McGlone has said ‘those out of work, those on reduced hours, those facing pay and pensions freezes and those losing sleep with the fear of looming welfare cuts will take little comfort that their Finance Minister’s priorities are flags, flags and more flags’.
Wednesday 8th May 2013 SDLP spokesperson for the Office of the First and Deputy Minister Colum Eastwood has said that a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (“IFS”) on child poverty is a shocking indictment of a failure to act from the OFMDFM. The report states that one in four children in Britain-3.4million will be in relative poverty by 2020.
Tuesday 7th May 2013 The Chairman of Cookstown District Council, SDLP Cllr Tony Quinn, has raised serious concerns about the nature of the Northern Trust’s consultation on the future of residential care homes and said it begs the question – what is the purpose of the Northern Area Health and Social Care and Local Government Forum set up to promote a partnership approach to any future implementation of Transforming Your Care.
Tuesday 7th May 2013 SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has called on schools in Derry to take part in My Money Week (3 to 9 June), giving pupils the chance to learn more about money and personal finance. Mr Durkan, who is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Financial Education for Young People, is also campaigning for compulsory financial education in schools.
Tuesday 7th May 2013 The Minister for the Environment, Alex Attwood, has responded to the Finance Minister’s proposal to erect a flagpole for the Union flag on Goodwood House, where the DOE Minister’s office is located.
Tuesday 7th May 2013 A total of 862 people lost their lives to suicide in the years 2009 to 2011 according to figures released by the Minister for Finance Sammy Wilson to East Derry SDLP Assembly Member John Dallat. Of these 47 lived in his constituency.
Tuesday 7th May 2013 SDLP Councillor Pat McCarthy has welcomed the move by the Irish Government to apologise to thousands of soldiers who left the country and the Irish Army to join the British forces and fight in World War II.
Tuesday 7th May 2013 SDLP Health spokesperson Conall McDevitt has said that a statement delivered by the Minister for Health in the Assembly today only confirms the DUP’s commitment to pursuing a privatisation agenda.