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Dobbins condemns attack on young person in Shantallow

SDLP Derry City Cllr Angela Dobbins has condemned those behind an attack on a 15 year old in the racecourse road area of the city. Cllr Dobbins has urged anyone who may know the assailant who was described as having one tooth to contact the PSNI as soon as possible. She also added that the ongoing dissident republican threat against community safety wardens meant that the area was not patrolled last night and this will continue to contribute to more violent crime in the city in the time ahead.
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Dallat: DRD Minister to appear before Committee

The Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy is to appear before the scrutiny committee responsible for DRD matters tomorrow morning (Wednesday) to answer questions relating to the collapse of the tender process for phase two of the upgrade of the Belfast-Derry railway. Senior personnel in Translink will also appear separately before the Regional Development Committee. East Derry SDLP Assembly Member John Dallat who is a member of the DRD Committee has welcomed the meetings and has promised they will be very frank. He said: “The collapse of the procurement process which should have enabled the next phase of the upgrade of this important railway was a severe setback for those of us who have worked for many years, initially to prevent the closure of the line and in more recent times to ensure that the standards are brought up to a first-class intercity service. “I sincerely hope the minister and the senior officials from Translink are able to reassure members of the DRD committee that this project will be back on track with the minimum of delay. “The people of the North West are well used to disappointments in issues relating to road and rail transport but that doesn’t mean they are any more willing to accept them. On the contrary there is a new determination to get across the message to the Department and Translink that nothing less than equality is acceptable. “The news delivered by Mr Kennedy was a slap in the face for the second time relating to the same issue and it cannot happen again. “Today’s meeting must clear up a number of issues which will make this meeting frank and robust.
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SDLP Agriculture Spokesperson Joe Byrne - SDLP declares for one zone with 4 year transition

After weeks of speculation and wide-spread consultation with farming groups and agri-sector stakeholders the SDLP have come down in favour of a single zone region for CAP Pillar 1, and a four year transition period to achieve a single flat rate payment across Northern Ireland according to SDLP Agriculture Spokesperson Joe Byrne MLA.
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