Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has congratulated Dr Alasdair McDonnell on his election as Leader of the SDLP. 


Deputy Martin said:  “I have known and worked closely with Alasdair over many years. I know him to be a man of great courage, integrity and commitment to the Irish people.    


“The SDLP has played an enormously positive role in the North over the years and I know that under Alasdair’s leadership, that positive contribution will continue, and grow. I wish him the very best


and my full support in his work in the coming years.”


Deputy Martin has also paid tribute to outgoing Leader Margaret Ritchie, and has wished her continued success in her work on behalf of the people of South Down.