Durkan welcomes £300m for dementia research

8 03 2015

Alzheimer'sResearch_Mark Durkan

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has welcomed British Prime Minister David Cameron’s announcement at the weekend that more than £300m is to be spent by the government on research into dementia.

Mr Durkan, who has campaigned both at home and in Westminster in support of the 15,000 people in Northern Ireland affected by dementia, said:

 “I welcome David Cameron’s commitment to provide significant funding in the fight to defeat dementia.

 “I am also pleased to see the launch of a separate multi-million pound fund to help establish an international investment scheme to discover new drugs and treatments that could slow the onset of dementia, or even deliver a cure, by 2025.

 “One in three people over 65 will develop dementia – and therefore this is a health issue that we can no longer afford to ignore.

 “As well as backing Alzheimer Research UK’s global call for action to defeat dementia, I supported last year’s ‘Memory Walk’ in Derry in aid of the Alzheimer Society’s ‘Fighting Dementia Together’ campaign.

 “I have also supported the Alzheimer Society’s ‘Dementia Friends’ campaign which aims to help people with the condition play a fuller role in their communities.

 “Importantly, we need to see additional support for people with dementia and improved diagnosis rates not only here in Derry but throughout the North.”





Connectivity essential for future of the Glens

8 03 2015
broadbandSDLP Glens Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop highlighted the problem of poor mobile phone and broadband coverage in the Glens and has welcomed the input of SDLP Regional Development Spokesperson John Dallat who has taken a proactive stance on the issue.

She said: “The poor quality of mobile phone signals and the absence of a decent broadband speed is one major disadvantage for those living and doing business in the Glens. It is also a particular irritant for those passing through as visitors and tourists.

“As a member of the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council I want to see the imminent publication of the master plan for these communities so that we can have a firm focus on developing tourism and industry where it is appropriate.

“I welcome the fact that the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster has given a personal commitment to my SDLP colleague John Dallat that she will take a personal interest in this long-standing issue.  

“I am also seeking a direct meeting with Vodafone to find out how their recently announced programme for small communities can help the people of the Glens of Antrim.

“Above all we need joined-up thinking based on the wishes and aspirations of the people who live there. Our coastal areas are unrivalled in beauty anywhere in Ireland and we can take advantage of this if our local communities are listened to. Sustainable jobs can be created without threatening the environment or the landscapes.

 “It is time to begin talking up the Glens.  We need to collaboration of the tourist board, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the synergy of the new council which I hope will focus on real issues and not time-wasting debates”