Durkan: Irish government should convene All-Party Forum to consider implications of Brexit

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has called for the Irish government to convene an All-Party Forum for political parties North and South to consider the issues and implications arising from the EU referendum result – not least in terms of helping to develop optimum coherence and consensus on how to minimise the adverse economic fallout and ensure growth across the island.
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Eastwood: There can be no return to physical border on island of Ireland

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA has said Ireland's interest, North and South, remains as part of the European Union.
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Durkan welcomes Colombian ceasefire

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has welcomed the news that the Colombian government and FARC rebels have agreed to lay down arms as they approach the end of historic peace talks in Cuba. Details of the bilateral ceasefire will be made public later today and a final peace deal could be signed by 20 July – ending five decades of armed conflict in which an estimated 220,000 people have been killed. Today’s meeting will be chaired by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez – also known as ‘Timochenko’. They will be joined by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Cuban leader Raul Castro and the Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, who are representing guarantor countries. Mr Durkan has visited Colombia and Cuba on a number of occasions in recent years to support a new peace deal – including meeting with senior government representatives and FARC leader Timochenko.
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SDLP push rural broadband to the top of the Stormont agenda

The SDLP have today pushed rural broadband to the top of the Assembly agenda at Stormont. A motion brought forward by SDLP MLAs, Justin McNulty, Sinead Bradley and Gerry Mullan highlighted the chronic lack of broadband provision in rural areas and called for Minister for the Economy to step up efforts to remedy the deficiency between rural and urban broadband provision.
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Hanna moves to end blockage in NAMA investigation

Deputy Chairperson of the Finance Committee Claire Hanna MLA has moved to advance the investigation into the sale of the NAMA Northern Ireland property portfolio to Cerberus Capital Management. During questions to the Finance Minister, Ms Hanna received assurances that no evidence would be withheld by the Department of Finance during the Committee’s investigation.
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