Dallat welcomes overdue reform to public appointments

SDLP Assembly Member John Dallat has welcomed the development that all public appointment vacancies across government are now advertised on NI Direct, the official website for government services. Mr Dallat was informed of the news by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister in response to his question.
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Durkan backs campaign for equal access to TV for deaf & blind people

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has supported a new campaign to stop deaf and blind people in Derry and throughout the North being excluded from on-demand TV content. Mr Durkan has given his backing to the Subtitle It! campaign by charity ‘Action on Hearing Loss’ which is calling for new legislation to be introduced that will mean people with sight and hearing loss are able to watch fully accessible video-on-demand services with subtitles, signing and audio description. The rise of on-demand, streaming and catch-up services has led to the way people watch television content being transformed which, Parliament could not have foreseen when it passed the 2003 Communications Act. The Act led to huge improvements in the provision of subtitles on traditional TV, but it is now 12 years old, and technology has outgrown it.
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McCrossan Condemns Bomb Threats

SDLP West Tyrone Representative Daniel McCrossan has condemned a bomb threat in Omagh town that took place on Friday. The town was closed off for a number of hours as bomb experts searched the Strule Arts Centre and the surrounding area just off Main Street.
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Dallat: Frustration with slow progress on Derry transport infrastructure

The SDLP Spokesperson on Regional Development John Dallat has warned that the ongoing failure of the British Treasury and the Assembly to address serious legacy issues relating to deficits in transport infrastructure in the North West.
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No justification for blood ban, only prejudice

As a legal team directed by the DUP's Simon Hamilton returns to the Court of Appeal today to overturn a High Court decision on the ban on gay and bi-sexual men giving blood, the SDLP MLA and Health spokesman Fearghal McKinney says the action is based only on prejudice, not justification and should be ended.
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