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 […]

Margaret Ritchie MP Meets Roads Minister on Coastal Flooding MP receives confirmation that £340,000 will be invested in Newcastle Coastal repair scheme Assessment of damage and repair plan to be carried out In response to the devastation left by the recent storm I met with Minister Kennedy on Monday (7th April) to discuss his Departments […]

“The Mourne Coastal Route is another great example of how with investment and the support of the community we can ensure that our natural environment becomes an economic asset to the local community. The Mourne Coastal Route will not only attract many visitors to the area but it will also protect our unique coastal environment […]

“The Mournes are hugely important for outdoor recreation and, as a result, for the economy of South Down and the health and well-being of its communities. They are also a sensitive landscape Mourne Heritage Trust has shown that with careful planning, approaches can be developed to balance recreational use and looking after this special place […]

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 […]