News that Almac are to create up to 100 high quality jobs in Derry have been warmly welcomed by SDLP jobs spokesperson Sinéad McLaughlin, MLA for Foyle. She said: "These jobs to be established by Almac are great news for the city. Just as we are beginning to recover from the Covid pandemic, this gives the city and its people new hope for the future. "The SDLP believes that Derry can become an important centre for the life sciences. Almac's location decision supports that vision. The Derry and Strabane City Deal has the health and life sciences at its heart, with support from Ulster University's decision to move its graduate-level health and life sciences courses to its Magee campus in Derry. "The decision by Almac reinforces the argument of the SDLP that we must make the most of the Brexit Protocol and Northern Ireland's dual membership of the UK Internal Market and the EU Single Market. It is essential that UK and EU negotiators get on with ensuring that mitigations are in place to eliminate most of the disruptions caused by the Protocol. But that must go alongside increased efforts to promote the benefits of our position in the two major trading markets."