Archive for October, 2011

SDLP MP MLA Margaret Ritchie has welcomed the £5.1 million investment from the Department for Regional Development for improvement schemes for roads in Down District this year. Ms Ritchie stated, “I welcome the introduction of gateway features in Maghera and Bryansford Village to provide signage and speed cushions in the areas. In addition, Roads Service […]

Margaret Ritchie MP MLA has received confirmation from the Department of Education that they will extend Sure Start Services to the Murlough area from March 2012. The MP said; “Following representations from health professionals and the local community I have been lobbying the Department of Education for some time on the need to extend their […]

MP Condemns Downpatrick Baseball Attack
Friday, October 14th, 2011

The MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie said; “This attack and what appears to be a robbery is completely out of keeping with the Downpatrick area. It is vital the local people give any information they have on this incident to the PSNI. As a community we must ensure that those who brought this violence […]

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has called for the Minister for Health to look at the range of health services available in Border areas, such as Newry, and to strengthen the practice of utilising cross-border health services. The MP for South Down said; “Hospitals like Daisy Hill, Newry, have a natural catchment area into Co […]

MP pursues improved access to childcare
Friday, October 14th, 2011

SDLP MP MLA Margaret Ritchie has written to the Minister of Health, Mr Edwin Poots MLA, to seek additional good quality and affordable childcare places in Northern Ireland. Ms Ritchie stated, “I have received a briefing paper from NICMA – the Childminding Association, which highlights the problems faced by many parents with the lack of […]

Margaret Ritchie MP MLA said; “I have been monitoring the progress of NI Water on the delivery of the new pumping station to serve the residents of Clermont Gardens and Charlotte Street and I have received assurances that the internal approvals and land and planning issues are progressing satisfactorily. Most importantly in this difficult financial […]

Demense Roads Success
Friday, October 7th, 2011

Margaret Ritchie MP MLA has received news that work is to begin in a few weeks to bring the roads in The Demesne’s Housing Development up to standard “Following continued representations on the need to bring the roads in The Demesne up to an adoptable standard, I have received confirmation from the Divisional Roads Manager […]

Following the publication of the European Commission’s quota proposals South Down MP Margaret Ritchie said; “These proposals are unworkable and unrealistic, much like the proposals we see coming before the industry from the European Commission at this time each year. The proposed attack on the Nephrops catch is illogical, as are the drastic cuts proposed […]

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie attended Rathfriland’s Fair Day on Saturday and addressed the large crowd attending the the Fair Day and the unveiling of the Luck Penny sculpture Speaking at the event the MP said; “It is great to see the Market Town of Rathfriland embracing the old in a way that will encourage […]

Speech to Labour Party Conference
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen, Ambassador, Good Evening; I am delighted to be invited to speak to the Labour Party Irish Society this evening. As the leader of the SDLP, a proud sister party of the Labour Party in Ireland and in Britain, it is a great honour to be among so many friends and colleagues. It […]