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 […]

“The Expolris aquarium in Portaferry contributes directly to the tourism economy in South Down, and compliments the family friendly cultural tourism on offer in the neighbouring St Patrick’s Country and Lecale area. It is vital that the Expolris aquarium, a highly respected and loved tourism attraction is given every opportunity by Ards Borough Council to […]

Margaret Ritchie said   “On Saturday(22nd of September) , I was delighted to have the opportunity to welcome and officially open a new business venture to Kilkeel.   The Metalweb Steel Fabrication Factory at Council Road, Kilkeel was established some months ago and employs some local staff.  This company is headquartered in Birmingham and is part of […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie is pursuing funding from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for essential repairs to the ice plant in Kilkeel.   Ms Ritchie stated, “I have written to Minister Michelle O’Neill to seek the necessary funding to undertake repair work to upgrade the ice plant. Funding is required from the Department […]

Today’s Launch of “ Down to Business for the Public Sector” is a very proud day for those of us from Down District who can see how planning and hard work on the part of the Council, community , business sector and political representative has come together, all the elements of a true partnership working […]

“I have been involved for a number of years with SERC, in their campaign to increase the number of Higher Education courses available at the Downpatrick Campus, particularly in the areas of Engineering, Life sciences and Computing. I therefore very much welcome the news that Department of Employment and Learning has now given the go […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has called for real and immediate progress to be made with the introduction of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in Northern Ireland. This scheme would allow businesses to work with their local council to pay a levy in order to fund services that will benefit the trading environment within that particular area. […]