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 […]

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 […]