SDLP vote to ensure co-operation on Irish Language in Newry, Mourne and Down Council

Following the late presentation of a council paper dismissing a call in by unionists about the introduction and use of the Irish language in Newry, Mourne & Down Council the SDLP proposed a week long recess to allow councillors times to examine the decision and appreciate the merits of the introduction of the Irish language. Speaking after the meeting Newry, Mourne & Down Council SDLP group leader Councillor Colin McGrath said:
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Heading: Transport NI must learn lessons from Mounteagles debacle

SDLP Belfast Councillor Brian Heading has welcomed the announcement from Transport NI (formally the Roads Service) that they will be adopting and maintaining the roads at Mounteagles Glen and Mounteagles Lodge. Residents have been left with unfinished roads after a developer declared bankruptcy and abandoned the project. Cllr Heading who has long been campaigning for Transport NI to adopt the roads has asserted that action should have been taken years ago.
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Hanna suggests poet Michael Longley for the Freedom of Belfast

SDLP Belfast Councillor Claire Hanna has suggested Michael Longley to recieve the Freedom of the City. Speaking at a meeting of Belfast City Council Cllr Hanna said:
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Rogers: STEM must be a curriculum priority

SDLP Education Spokesperson Seán Rogers MLA has urged the Assembly to prioritise STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology & Mathematics) education in future curriculums.
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Ritchie: Gov must include NI in Warm Home Discount Scheme

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has advocated for the inclusion of Northern Ireland in the Warm Home Discount (WHD) Scheme after securing a debate in the House of Commons. In Northern Ireland there have been approximately 600 excess winter deaths recorded in 2013/14, up by about 20% from the figure on 2012. In the latest figures available in NI, approximately one in five of those who died were aged under 75 and one in nine were aged under 65. 42% or 294,000 homes in NI experience fuel poverty with the figure rising to 62% for elderly people. The scheme would help alleviate some of the worst affected.
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