Policing

SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has asked the British Prime Minister to ensure that the PSNI works with the Police Ombudsman to get justice for the families of the Loughinisland massacre. Speaking from Westminster following Prime Minister’s Questions, Ms Ritchie stated: “People in South Down, and across Ireland, will never forget the brutal […]

The Government’s commitment to uncovering the truth about Loughinisland is the litmus test on their real intentions about dealing with the past. Margaret Ritchie MP plans to raise 20th Anniversary of Loughinisland Murders with Prime Minister on the day of the Anniversary – Wednesday 18th June Margaret Ritchie MP – Simple assurances from PSNI have […]

SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has re-iterated to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland the need to urgently deal with the issues of flags, parading and dealing with the past. Speaking following Northern Ireland Questions in the House of Commons Ms Ritchie stated: “The Secretary of State needs to demonstrate the same […]

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie today called on the PSNI to provide immediate “clarity and reassurance” in relation to the ongoing police inquiry into the murders of six people at the Heights bar in Loughinisland. Margaret Ritchie said, “The unprecedented action by the Police Ombudsman in taking the PSNI to court over a lack of […]

South Down SDLP Member of Parliament, Margaret Ritchie has made direct contact with the Minister for the Environment, Alex Attwood to ensure that a lorry abandoned on the Dublin Road, Castlewellan with fuel waste is made safe and that the Police and Customs and Excise Unit exercise their responsibilities in this regard   and that there […]

SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has welcomed the commencement of work of a new build three story Area Command Unit at the former Downshire Hospital Site.   Ms Ritchie said, “I am pleased work has finally commenced on the new build PSNI, which I have been campaigning for, for a number of years. […]

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has said people’s focus needs to return to the substantial issues affecting society, such as jobs, health and education, and desist from violence, threats and intimidation.   Ms Ritchie was speaking as police uncovered a viable letterbomb device at Dundrum Road, Clough, on Thursday night.   She said: “I […]

  The New Knocknashinna Playground is a great asset for our young people and a pleasing addition to landscape of the area. However we must ensure that this much needed play facility is not abused by those wishing to cause annoyance and disruption to the residents of the local area.   I have held meetings […]

MP meets Parade Commission
2 October 2012 | 2:54 pm

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie and Cllr Maria McCarthy have met with the Chair of the Parades Commission to discuss the future of parading in Killyleagh following the violent scenes in the town last weekend.   Margaret Ritchie said, “I have outlined a very robust case to the Chairman detailing the events of last weekend and […]

Nationally and internationally the anniversary of the Loughinisland Atrocity will be marked by many people throughout the world. However, our focus is at home on the families of those murdered and the victims of the Loughinland shooting.   As we mark 18 years since the shooting we remember not only the absence of family loved […]