SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone, has welcomed the development by the party membership who voted overwhelmingly in favour of establishing a formal policy partnership with Fianna Fáil at a special conference in Newry on Saturday.
SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone commented, “The SDLP has a strong history of making tough decisions in the interests of the people we represent. This was not an easy choice for party members but they have again shown a willingness to put the interests of people first.
“We understand that the political environment across these islands is changing rapidly. Parties, too, must be prepared to embrace change and respond to the challenges we all face. Business as usual is no longer an option.
“Together, SDLP and Fianna Fáil members, representatives and activists will forge a new relationship based on our proud and shared tradition of democratic struggle on this island. We will work together to begin in an unprecedented programme of public engagement in Northern Ireland, framing an ambitious and practical policy agenda for the future of this island and our people.
“This partnership will be built on a genuine desire to deliver for people across Ireland, driven by an ambition to see power returned to local politicians and tasked with changing the lives of people who have for too long been let down by our politics here.
“Delegations from both parties will be holding joint meetings in the next coming weeks as we develop our strategies on a wide range of issues: social, economic and political.”