Archive for March, 2012

Margaret Ritchie MP Promotes St Patrick’s Tourism and Economic opportunities, with Visit from Shadow Secretary of State Vernon Coaker MP Speaking after the visit of Shadow Secretary of State Vernon Coaker MP, Margaret Ritchie MP said; “This was the first of the Shadow Secretary of State’s visits to South Down. On this visit, given the […]

Following the delegation in January 2012 to Minister Farry, lead by Margaret Ritchie MP MLA, and Kilkeel Development Association, to discuss the job opportunities for local people in the Off-Shore Industry, the MP has received confirmation from the Minster that he has instructed officials to run a pilot “Bridge to Employment” exercise to assist in […]

Margaret Ritchie MP Welcomes Progress on New Facilities for Kitty’s Road Community Centre and Play Area “Following my visit to Kitty’s Road Community Association along with Cllr Sean Rogers, where we witnessed first hand the great range of services that are provided through the Community Centre for the local community, I requested that Council look […]

Ritchie visits new Clough Medical Centre on Saturday 4th March Margaret Ritchie said “I was delighted to take an opportunity to visit the new Medical Centre in Clough on Saturday 4th March 2012. Many local people came to visit the Centre and were extremely enthusiastic about the facilities that were on offer to the local […]

Following a request by Margaret Ritchie MP, the Equality Commission have confirmed that they have questions about the Equality Impact Assessment carried out by the Department on the BSO job relocations, Margaret Ritchie MP said; “The Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission has confirmed that the Equality Commission will be taking the following action; The […]

Speaking after the site meeting local residents and Roads Service the MP for the area Margaret Ritchie said; “Roads Service listened to the concerns of local residents regarding the speed of traffic and the requirement for street lighting in the area leading into Greencastle. Roads Service have undertaken to liaise with the PSNI to see […]

Margaret Ritchie said “I was delighted to meet and welcome the Occupational Therapy and Nursing Students from Michigan, USA at the Downe Hospital, Downpatrick on Saturday 3rd March. The enthusiastic bunch of young men and women saw at first hand the range of services that are provided in the new Downe Hospital, and the potential […]

Progress on New Strangford Ferry
Friday, March 16th, 2012

“The replacement of the Strangford ferry with a new fit for purpose vessel is vital for the further development of the community, business and tourism sectors the Down area. Following further representations to the Minister for Regional Development, the Minister has confirmed that the formal business case process should be approved by the end of […]

“During my recent meeting with Roads Minister Danny Kennedy I raised the need to improve the main route from Hilltown to Newry, which is the main corridor linking east Down with Newry. This road requires upgrading in order to improve both travel times and safety.While this road is through the rural hinterland it is a […]

SDLP MP and Assembly Member for South Down, Margaret Ritchie has written to the Speaker of the Assembly requesting that a reception is held in honour of film maker Terry George and his daughter Orlaigh. Ms Ritchie said, “Terry George has received the most prestigious award in picture in recognition of his short film “The […]