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Hanna welcomes strong EU defence of Northern Ireland

SDLP Brexit Spokesperson Claire Hanna has welcomed a strong defence of Northern Ireland’s economic, social and political interests from EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier today. Ms Hanna said that the framework agreement at the conclusion of Phase One of the Brexit talks is not up for renegotiation and London must be held to its commitment of regulatory alignment in areas of North-South Cooperation.
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Tierney welcomes council support for Leafair pitch enhancements

SDLP Derry Councillor Brian Tierney has supported a proposal at the Council’s Health and Communities Committee to support the enhancement of Leafair pitch.
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SDLP Delegation meets Agriculture Minister on Brexit concerns

A delegation of SDLP representatives has met with Irish Agriculture Minister Michael Creed TD amid concerns for the all-island agri-food industry.
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Lyons: Marathon route changes shouldn’t be a road to nowhere

SDLP South Belfast Councillor Donal Lyons has welcomed proposals to move the Belfast City Marathon to the Sunday of the May bank holiday weekend but has warned against relegating the event out of the city centre.
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Sinn Féin and DUP reject open call for £4 million Tourism Fund

SF and DUP united to reject a proposal for an open call for £4m Community Tourism Fund at February Council meeting. The proposal was supported by SDLP, UUP, Alliance and Independents. Cllr Tim Attwood has called for a more open evidence and outcome based funding process in Belfast City Council respect of the reallocation of the social outcomes fund to community tourism was turned down. Alliance and SDLP had asked for a legal opinion about the process but this had been negatived.
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