Member of Parliament for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has said the DUP has let the farming community down by failing to campaign for yes vote in the European Referendum.   Ms Ritchie said, “The Environmental Farming Scheme is due to open for applications in February, however there is no guarantee this Scheme will have Government […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has made representations to the Department of Agriculture and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to press for action to allow for the commencement of pork exports to China. Ms Ritchie stated, “I am pleased that considerable progress had been made in relation to this matter and that […]

MP presses Minister to protect whitefish fleet in Co Down   Margaret Ritchie MP has urged George Eustice, Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to protect the local whitefish fleet in Co Down ports. Ms Ritchie said, “It is crucial our fishing industry has the ability to fish cod in the Irish Sea. To […]

Ritchie pursues DEFRA Minister to ensure a robust export markets plan is accelerated and implemented   Margaret Ritchie MP has written to the Minister of State, Mr George Eustice MP, at the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to highlight queries in relation to UK food exports.   Ms Ritchie stated, “I […]

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 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 […]

    Speaking after attending the official opening of Kilkeel Seafoods news premises at Kilkeel Harbour the MP for the area said;   “This investment by Kilkeel Seafoods in new premises at the harbour in Kilkeel is welcome news for staff and hopefully this investment will bring further employment opportunities to the area, as Kilkeel […]

“Along with other MPs who have fishing ports in their constituency, I have secured a general fishing debate in Westminster for this Thursday in advance of the final negotiations in Brussels in December for the determination of allocations for various fish species.   Fishing – both on-shore and off-shore is critical to fuelling economic growth […]

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has raised concerns regarding farmers at risk being marginalised unless adequate resources such as broadband and clear guidelines about the new online CAP application system are not made readily available. Speaking in the House of Commons Chamber in a debate on CAP Implementation, Ms Ritchie a member of the […]

Speaking after the launch of the Game of Thrones interpretive signage at the Quoile, with her SDLP colleague Minister Mark Durkan, the MP for South Down said; “This new opportunity to showcase our wonderful natural heritage in the guise of the set locations for the Games of Thrones has great potential for our local tourism […]