Colum Eastwood will be joined by Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin at a campaign visit today, Monday, April 29, in support of SDLP candidates ahead of the local elections on Thursday, May 2.
Both leaders said the local and the European elections present an opportunity to support SDLP candidates who are willing to work for everyone.
The SDLP Leader said: “As the primary architects and builders of the Good Friday Agreement, the SDLP and Fianna Fáil are determined to ensure that our people’s right to a government is no longer denied.
“The institutions at Stormont weren’t simply meant to secure the peace, they were also designed to deliver real economic and social progress for our people.
“Unlike in Scotland, that opportunity for a responsive and dynamic government was wasted by the DUP and Sinn Féin. Theirs is a record of incompetence, blind party interest and eventual collapse.
“Faced with Brexit and a dangerous political vacuum, our people have been denied their right to a government and an assembly.
“The public have paid the cost of their failure – it’s now time they both paid an electoral cost.
“The SDLP, in partnership with Fianna Fáil, offer a politics that will actually deliver on the day to day needs of our people whilst also building an Ireland for all.
“Instead of standoff and stalemate, our priority is tackling the crisis in hospital waiting lists, addressing the pressures on school budgets and protecting our economy from the threat of Brexit.
“This Thursday, every vote for the SDLP is a vote to send a message to politicians to get back to work, a message to end the cycle of political failure and a message to restore our right to a government,” added the Foyle MLA.