“Six months on from when errors were first made in the monthly pay cheques of health sectors employees this debacle still continues. As recently as Friday 30th May, I received information from the Minister for Health stating that the majority of cases had been resolved and refunds had been made. However, this is clearly not […]

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 […]

Margaret Ritchie MP addresses NIHF Breakfast in Newry on the need to Cut VAT on Tourism Addressing representatives from the hospitality and business related sectors the MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie said ; First of all thank you to the Northern Ireland Hotel Federation for inviting me to address you today. There have been […]

The Kilkeel Plant must be a priority for DETI and OFMDFM Speaking after her meeting with representatives from UNITE Trade Union (Wednesday 14th May) the MP for the area Margaret Ritchie said; “Our concentration must be on the protection of jobs and the production line at the BE Aerospace plant in Kilkeel. The Kilkeel Plant […]

Ritchie welcomes wonderful news as Irish Open comes to County Down SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has welcomed news that the Irish Open golf tournament will once again come north in 2015 as Royal County Down is announced as the host club. Speaking after the announcement was made today, Ms Ritchie said: “This is […]

The SDLP have described a proposed twelve week consultation by HMRC as a farcical stunt by the agency and has questioned the British Governments real commitment to boosting the Northern Ireland Economy. South Down MP Margaret Ritchie and Newry and Armagh Assembly Member Dominic Bradley MLA have reacted angrily to the proposals and have vowed […]

SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has slammed the British Government, as a reply to her Parliamentary Question revealed that the Coastguard Station in Belfast was not staffed at safe levels more than fifty per cent of the time in 2013. Speaking from Westminster Ms Ritchie stated:   “I was shocked to find that […]

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has repeated calls for a speedy resolution of the European Commissions’ investigation into the Aggregates Credit Levy Scheme, and for the scheme to be re-instated as soon as possible with a rejection of any proposal for retrospective payments from local firms.   Ms Ritchie stated: “The Aggregates Levy Credit […]

Margaret Ritchie MP met with UK Treasury Minister David Gauke to demand the retention of the Newry HMRC Centre   Speaking following the meeting Ms Ritchie stated: “I have put the case robustly to the UK Treasury Minister that the Newry centre is vital to the local economy and provides important services, especially for those […]

  “The SDLP stand squarely behind the postal workers who do not want to see this privatisation take place and who fear that these changes will damage or destroy a much valued public service.   “I am worried about the added costs to Northern Ireland businesses and consumers if the universal service obligation and uniform […]