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Eastwood says gangsters ruining progress in Derry

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA has said that those who hijacked and set fire to a Housing Executive maintenance van are a disgrace and have no thought for anyone or anything other than their small-minded agenda. Mr Eastwood said it is understood that the men who hijacked the van, before setting it alight on the Lecky road, did so at gunpoint.
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Durkan welcomes Chief Medical Officer's call to ban vaginal mesh in NI

SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan welcomes the call by the Chief Medical Officer Michael McBride to ban vaginal mesh implants in Northern Ireland. The request came after the news that NHS England is putting an immediate curb on mesh operations with the advice of the Cumberlege review.
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McCrossan: Common sense has finally prevailed in Billy Caldwell case

SDLP MLA for West Tyrone Daniel McCrossan has said he is relieved to hear that Billy Caldwell will finally receive his treatment at home, administered by a nurse and stored in Altnagelvin hospital.
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Durkan: Mesh suspension should apply in Northern Ireland

Following the news that NHS England is putting an immediate curb on mesh operations with the advice of the Cumberlege review, SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan MLA has said that this is another example of how having no Executive and Ministers in place is continuing to impact lives.
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Mallon: SoS must not waste public money challenging the recent Hightown Incinerator ruling

SDLP Deputy Leader Nichola Mallon MLA has issued a stark warning to the Secretary of State not to waste more scarce public money trying to defend the indefensible by challenging the recent ruling on the Hightown Incinerator in the Supreme Court. In response to questions during the budget debate in the House of Commons last night, the Secretary of State said she was ‘considering’ whether to bring an Appeal of the Ruling last Friday, which ruled that civil servants have no powers to take Ministerial decisions, to the Supreme Court.
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