Archive for February, 2016

  MP seeks meeting to facilitate upgrade of sewage and road system in Hilltown following severe flooding   Member of Parliament for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has demanded NI Water and Transport NI undertake an entire review of the sewage and drainage network in Hilltown following incidents of flooding.   Ms Ritchie said, “Over the […]

MP seeks upgrade of road drainage system in Annaclone following severe flooding   Member of Parliament for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has demanded Transport NI undertake an entire review of the drainage network in Annaclone following with a view to improving the drainage system.   Ms Ritchie said, “Further to heavy periods of rain, I […]

Ritchie demands Minister intervenes to use facilities in the Downe Hospital to cope with A&E pressures     Member of Parliament for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has demanded the Minister for Health intervene in the ongoing crisis in A&E Departments across Northern Ireland by ensuring the first class Accident and Emergency Services in the Downe […]

Ritchie welcomes work on Strangford Road, Downpatrick to deal with flooding issues     Margaret Ritchie, Member of Parliament for South Down, has welcomed work on the Strangford Road, Downpatrick to deal with flooding issues.   Ms Ritchie said, “During the period of heavy rainfall over the Christmas and New Year period, I was contacted […]

MP calls for more hydrotherapy for people with muscle wasting conditions       Margaret Ritchie, Member of Parliament for South Down, has urged the Minister for Health to ensure more hydrotherapy pools are available across Northern Ireland.       Ms Ritchie said, “Hydrotherapy is a form of water based therapy focused on pain […]

MP urges Health Minister to ensure Rapid Access Chest Pain clinic in the Royal Victoria Hospital is fully staffed and efficient   Margaret Ritchie MP has demanded the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety appropriates funding and staff to the Rapid Access Chest Pain clinic following complaints for staff shortages.   Ms Ritchie […]

Ritchie welcomes preparation of export plan for the food and drink industry   Ms Ritchie MP, who is a member of the EFRA committee, said, “I have been continually articulating the need for the Government to protect and promote exports of food and drink, following the Autumn Spending Review of 2015.   The Northern Ireland […]

MP receives commitment from Department of Health to have a wider Anglo Irish initiative to reach and provide treatment for rare diseases but says more needs to be done.   Ms Ritchie said, “Rare diseases, struggle to receive equitable funding, resources or strategy despite the fact they are more common than people assume. There are […]

MP congratulates Royal County Down Golf Course on winning prestigious award   Ms Ritchie said, “I am delighted Royal County Down has been named the world’s best golf course by Golf Digest.   This is a fantastic accolade and a rightful recognition of the work of the Committee and Management at Royal County Down.   […]

Ritchie says Government must do more to end persecution of Christians   Speaking following her attendance at the launch of the “Freedom of Religious and Persecution of Christians” report at the Open Doors event on 13 January in Parliament, SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has called on the Government to do more to […]