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Eastwood: Absence of Local Institutions Demands Protection for Both Traditions

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood agreed with Tánaiste Coveney’s comments on the future of power-sharing. The Foyle MLA who had identified joint stewardship as the only viable Plan B in January, affirmed that his priority was to restore the devolved institutions but in the absence of local power, British direct rule is not an option for the SDLP.
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Durkan: Welcomes Investment in GP Services

SDLP Health and Mental Wellbeing Spokesperson Mark H Durkan MLA welcomed the announcement of new investment for GP services in Northern Ireland.
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Hanna: Progress on Brexit Talks demands Progress on Assembly Talks

SDLP Brexit Spokesperson Claire Hanna MLA has welcomed the news that EU Leaders have agreed that the Brexit talks will move to phase two but noted the "deep irony" that Europe is focused on protecting the Good Friday Agreement while the Assembly is "silent".
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Kelly: Institutional abuse victims can wait no longer

Following correspondence from the Head of the NI Civil Service claiming that payments to victims and survivors would be open to legal challenge without ministerial approval, SDLP Policing and Legacy Spokesperson Dolores Kelly MLA said the situation was “unsustainable” and “unfair.”
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SDLP Leader replies to voices of Northern Nationalism

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has responded in an open letter to those who signed the letter to An Taoiseach earlier this week. Speaking following the publication of Mr Eastwood's letter in the Irish News today he said his letter would be sent in full to each signatory.
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