Regional Development

Member of Parliament for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has called on the Department for Infrastructure to ensure funding is allocated to the Newry Mourne and Down West Transport NI Department to allow the upgrade of a series of roads from Kilkeel to Warrenpoint.   Ms Ritchie said, “I understand a number of proposed resurfacing schemes […]

Member of Parliament for South Down Margaret Ritchie has called for Transport NI to carry out improvement works at the Belfast/ Annacloy Road junction.   Ms Ritchie said, “The filter road at this junction has posed considerable problems for traffic for a number of years. Motorists using the filter lane might assume right of way […]

MP calls for better Ballymartin and Brackney broadband speeds   SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has called on BT and the NI Executive to urgently begin work to improve broadband speeds in the Ballymartin and Brackney areas of Kilkeel. Speaking following meeting with a number of local residents, Ms Ritchie said more must […]

MP pursues 02 coverage for Drumaness
16 March 2016 | 12:57 pm

MP pursues 02 coverage for Drumaness   SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has called on 02 to take steps to improve its coverage in the Drumaness area.   Ms Ritchie stated, “I have raised this issue with 02 and have now been advised that its networks team will be undertaking a full investigation of the affected […]

Margaret Ritchie MP & SDLP Assembly Candidate Cllr Colin McGrath welcome gas to East Down by the end of 2016   Speaking after receiving a further update from the Utility Regulator the MP for South Down said;   “As part of my ongoing pursuit of the gas network extension into the eastern part of South […]

MP welcomes progress on footway link in Drumaness   SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has welcomed news from TransportNI that it is progressing a footway link on the A24 Newcastle Road, Drumaness.   Ms Ritchie stated, “I, along with my colleague, former Councillor Anne McAleenan, have been pursuing a scheme for this location, and I welcome […]

Ritchie: Executive is persecuting poor Councils   SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has said that the Northern Ireland Executive is targeting councils with a lower rates income after the recent news that the Rates Support Grant (RSG), which provides additional funding for some of the less well-off councils, is to be cut due to a joint […]

Ritchie welcomes Taoiseach’s commitment on Narrow Water Bridge but challenges him on identifying funding   Ms Ritchie said, “I have received confirmation from the Taoiseach that the Irish Government remains supportive of the concept of the Narrow Water Bridge.   I understand under “A Fresh Start” both the NI Executive and the Irish Government have […]

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has called for action to develop the potential of the Narrow Water Bridge.   The project, which was shelved following the withdrawal of European funding, could have a transformative effect on the local economy.   Ms Ritchie said: “In the Irish Government’s Capital Investment Plan, published last year, there […]

  MP seeks meeting to facilitate upgrade of sewage and road system in Hilltown following severe flooding   Member of Parliament for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has demanded NI Water and Transport NI undertake an entire review of the sewage and drainage network in Hilltown following incidents of flooding.   Ms Ritchie said, “Over the […]