Archive for February, 2016

MP welcomes launch of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund   MP for South Down and member of the EFRA committee, Margaret Ritchie has welcomed the formal promotion of the EMFF scheme launched by Minister Eustice in Dorset this morning (Monday 8th of February.)   Ms Ritchie said, “This fund forms part of the agreed […]

Ritchie welcomes Taoiseach’s commitment on Narrow Water Bridge but challenges him on identifying funding   Ms Ritchie said, “I have received confirmation from the Taoiseach that the Irish Government remains supportive of the concept of the Narrow Water Bridge.   I understand under “A Fresh Start” both the NI Executive and the Irish Government have […]

Tories attempting to conceal child poverty
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Ritchie: Tories attempting to conceal child poverty   SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has criticised a response she has received from the Minister for Work and Pensions, Lord Freud, to a letter in which she outlined her concerns around changes to the Child Poverty Act 2010. Following on from the Early Day Motion […]

Ritchie supports ‘no one should have no one at Christmas’ campaign   South Down SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has called for the Government and local health Trusts to do more to tackle loneliness, particularly among elderly people. Speaking after the launch of the campaign by AgeUK, Margaret Ritchie emphasized the need for awareness and support […]

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has called for action to develop the potential of the Narrow Water Bridge.   The project, which was shelved following the withdrawal of European funding, could have a transformative effect on the local economy.   Ms Ritchie said: “In the Irish Government’s Capital Investment Plan, published last year, there […]

Ritchie continues to pursue a fully fledged solution for the fishing industry in the Irish Sea following the incident between the Royal Navy and the Karen Fishing Vessel in the Irish Sea   Margaret Ritchie said today   “I have had several meetings and direct representations with the Armed Forces Minister, Penny Mordaunt MP regarding […]

Ritchie welcomes the publication of the long-awaited consultation document regarding the reformed scheme for those tragically infected with HIV or Hepatis C through NHS supplied blood or blood products.   Margaret Ritchie said today   “Following continuous representations to the Minister for Public Health in London, Ms June Ellison, she has now informed me that […]

Ritchie chairs Commemorative Lecture of Fukushima and Chernobyl   SDLP MP for South Down has chaired an event in Westminster organised by a number of nuclear policy stakeholders to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Fukushima nuclear disaster and the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Ms Ritchie voiced her concern about the implications of British […]

Ritchie seeks answers from Cameron on Brexit and Irish border SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has questioned the Prime Minister on the impact that leaving the EU would have on the border in Ireland Ms Ritchie has said: “Imposing a ‘hard’ customs border between the north and south of Ireland would be an […]

Margaret Ritchie MP supports Carbon Monoxide Awareness Competition     SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has called on primary schools to ensure more knowledge and awareness among pupils to the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) and other issues from using fuel that burns, and has encouraged young people to participate in the Carbon Monoxide Awareness Competition. […]