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McNulty: We cannot afford for intergovernmental relationships to deteriorate

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty has expressed concern regarding the strain caused by Brexit on the three strands approach as laid out in the Good Friday Agreement, in particular east-west relations.
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Mallon: Universal Credit delay nothing to be celebrated

Responding to a letter from the Department for Communities to the advice sector confirming that it will not begin the managed migration phase of the roll out of Universal Credit until 2020 as opposed to July 2019 as originally planned, SDLP Social Justice Spokesperson Nichola Mallon MLA said this delay is not something to be celebrated as in effect it means more low income and working families will lose out financially.
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Eastwood: British Government appeasement of the DUP 'cowardice'

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has labelled the ongoing appeasement of the DUP by the British Government as ‘cowardice’. Mr Eastwood added that it is humiliating to see the British Government continuously bend over backwards for a party who are so out of step with public opinion here.
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Hanna: Breaking deadlock should be the British Government's priority

SDLP Brexit Spokesperson Claire Hanna MLA has described the British Government’s latest ‘commitments’ to offer Northern Ireland an opportunity to provide consultative advice on backstop provisions, as unconstructive ambiguity. Ms Hanna added that is it incumbent upon the British Government to fulfil their role as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement and work to see power-sharing restored.
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McLaughlin: Time is of the essence for Magee medical school

SDLP Councillor Sinead McLaughlin has expressed concern regarding the opening of the proposed medical school at Magee.
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