Education

MP welcomes commencement of work at St Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor   SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has attended the sod cutting ceremony at St Bronagh’s Primary School and Youth Club, Rostrevor.   Ms Ritchie stated, “I am delighted to attend today’s event, which marks the commencement of work to provide a new primary school and […]

Ritchie meets Blackwater College, Downpatrick students on their way to Westminster   Speaking after the meeting with the students, South Down MP, Margaret Ritchie said   “I was delighted to have had the opportunity to meet this morning with some of the pupils travelling to Westminster this Friday.  It is very important that schools actively […]

Ritchie: Tories attempting to conceal child poverty   SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has criticised a response she has received from the Minister for Work and Pensions, Lord Freud, to a letter in which she outlined her concerns around changes to the Child Poverty Act 2010. Following on from the Early Day Motion […]

Margaret Ritchie MP supports Carbon Monoxide Awareness Competition     SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has called on primary schools to ensure more knowledge and awareness among pupils to the dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO) and other issues from using fuel that burns, and has encouraged young people to participate in the Carbon Monoxide Awareness Competition. […]

“My thanks to Rekindle the Kindle Group and Co-operation Ireland for inviting me here this morning to this important launch. Working along with the local community and the Re-kindle Kindle Group on this project, I have at all times been impressed by, and proud of, the drive and determination of the community in their pursuit […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie is supporting the call for additional places at the All Saints’ Nursery Unit at St Colman’s Primary School, Annaclone. Ms Ritchie stated, “There is a strong level of feeling in the Annaclone community for sufficient pre-school places to be made available for young children in the area. Parents understandably want their […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie performed the official opening of the new Assembly hall at St Mary’s Primary School, Dechomet on Friday 13th December 2013. Ms Ritchie stated, “I am delighted to perform the official opening of this new hall today, which can be viewed as an investment in the young people and the community of […]

Member of Parliament for South Down, Margaret Ritchie MP has welcomed the provision of new temporary classroom facilities at Burrenreagh Primary School which has been confirmed in a ministerial response to the MP, following ongoing representations to the Minister.   Ms Ritchie said, “I would hope the decision to replace temporary classroom facilities at Burrenreagh […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has expressed serious concerns about the threat of cuts to school budgets if the Minister for Education forces through plans to change how schools are funded through the Common Funding Formula.   Ms Ritchie stated, “In the first instance, I am concerned that the consultation commenced on 26th June 2013, just […]

Speaking after attending The Tesco Taste of Northern Ireland Food Festival Margaret Ritchie MP said;   “Profiling our local food and drinks industry is vital if we are to sustain and grow our agri-food industry. Many small and medium agi-food businesses throughout Northern Ireland depend on contracts with large suppliers and we must do all […]