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 House Discount Scheme

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has advocated for the inclusion of Northern Ireland in the Warm House 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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Durkan: Cruise visitors set to boost Derry economy

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has said he is delighted at the significant increase in the number of cruise liner passengers who will be visiting Derry in 2015 – up from just under 3,000 in 2014 to 11,254 passengers expected to visit North West shores this year. The significant rise in cruise visitors is estimated to be worth £720,000 to the local economy.
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Dallat: DOJ must be transparent with consultancy expenses

SDLP MLA and member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), John Dallat has called on the Department of Justice to disclose the names of the consultancy firms that provided financial services in the last five years. The Department of Justice paid out £2.73 million pounds but have told the vice-chair of PAC John Dallat ‘that in line with DOJ policy’ they are withholding the names of the firms that received a considerable £2.73 million.
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