Ritchie applauds the establishment of the Kilkeel Strategic Partnership as an economic regeneration and investment initiative for the fishing village   Speaking at the launch of the Kilkeel Strategic Partnership on last Friday, South Down SDLP MP, Margaret Ritchie said   “There has been a strong innate entrepreneurial spirit in Kilkeel for decades.  The local […]

Margaret Ritchie MP and Cllr Patsy Toman have welcomed the inclusion of a collision barrier at the Loughinisland Lough in the roads programme.   Ms Ritchie said, “Further to a site meeting with senior Roads Service officials I am pleased to learn, the collision barrier at the Lough is now placed at number 3 in […]

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has met with a number of farmers to discuss the current challenges facing the farming industry and its future. Following the meeting, Ms. Ritchie said: “This was a useful discussion as I was able to hear first-hand experiences of the ongoing implementation of CAP; measures to address TB; and […]

  “I have pursued the Minister for Agriculture on the need to ensure that the local potato industry is given every assistance in order to ensure that we have a sustainable and profitable industry. Over recent years the potato industry has suffered as a result of the persistent bad weather and to date no direct […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie, who is a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee at Westminster, has been actively pursuing the issue of poultry exports from Northern Ireland to the People’s Republic of China (PRC).   Ms Ritchie stated, “There is currently no trade agreement for the export of poultry from the […]

Margaret Ritchie, the SDLP MP for South Down, has called for the UK government to return from Brussels with a better deal for our local fishing industry and to work constructively with the Executive to implement the reformed Common Fisheries Policy.   Speaking following the House of Commons debate on fisheries, which Ms Ritchie secured, […]

Margaret Ritchie MP   Speaking at the launch of the exhibition telling the story of Tracing Your Mourne roots, South Down SDLP MP, Margaret Ritchie said   “I was impressed not only by the standard of the exhibition hosted by Kilkeel Development Association and Mourne Local Studies Group, but also by the research that had […]

Following ongoing representations to the Minister for Culture Arts and Leisure and discussions with local anglers on the need to restock the Quoile River following the depletion of stocks last year, I am pleased to advise that following further consideration of the matter and discussions with the anglers in the area the Department is now […]

Mourne Heritage Trust is about protection and partnership, protection of the Mournes and our way of life in this working environment, and partnership with those who work the land and live in the area. To enable this work to continue it is important that NIEA, NITB and the three Councils provide Mourne Heritage Trust with […]

“Following repeated representations to the Minister for Agriculture requesting funding assistance for the replacement and upgrade of farm buildings, particularly in the wake of the destruction caused to farm buildings after the heavy snow earlier this year, I am pleased that the Minister has now confirmed that one of the proposals in the draft Rural […]