News and Events

“Over the last few days I have had several opportunities to visit the Downe Hospital, and have seen for myself that it is working at full capacity before any cuts to services and beds takes place. The new Downe Hospital was  provided to ensure that the health and medical needs of the local community in […]

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has voiced her continued opposition to the South Eastern Health Trust’s planned parking charges at the Downe and Downshire Hospitals in Downpatrick Ms Ritchie, who has already articulated her opposition to such car parking charges to the Minister for Health and to the South Eastern Health Trust, said today: […]

Speaking after a meeting with Roads Service the MP for the area said; “The Principal and staff at St Marys have at all times taken all possible steps to ensure the safety of their students when crossing the busy intersection on the Ardglass Road with John Street. It is now time for Roads Service to […]

Speaking after the site meeting with Roads Service the MP for the area Margaret Ritchie said; “Cllr Andrews and I outlined to Roads Service the urgent need for a pedestrian crossing at the junction of Westlands. There is a clear need to slow down vehicles at this location and provide a safe point for people […]

Margaret Ritchie MP said today, “I am privileged and honoured to have been asked to officially open the new Youth Work Centre for Youth Initiatives in Downpatrick. Initially, I met the representatives from Youth Initiatives on Good Friday in my office where they outlined to me their work on a cross community Christian faith based […]

Speaking at the launch of the new product range by Love Irish Crafts the MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie said; “I am delighted to launch the new range of craft products by Love Irish Craft. This is a product  range unique to the Love Irish Crafts and the local area , and has been […]

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has said that she is deeply saddened at news that the Kilmorey hotel has ceased trading and 22 members of staff will lose their jobs.   Ms Ritchie said:   “I was disappointed to hear that the Kilmorey hotel in Kilkeel is to cease trading with 22 members of […]

SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has given a cautious welcome to elements of last night’s fishery deal at the European Commission.   Ms Ritchie stated: “While this was by no means the optimal outcome, in certain areas it was better than might have been expected based on the original commission proposals. “In particular […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has asked the Pensions Minister Steve Webb to consider extending Post Office services with a special consideration for rural areas.   Speaking following today’s House of Common’s statement during which the Minister confirmed a renewed 7 year contract for Post Offices Limited for the Post Office Card Accounts Ms Ritchie stated: […]

Speaking after the conference the MP for the area said;   The announcement by the SEUPB of €72 million in funding for the next INTERREG Programme (2014-2020) is welcome in the constituency of South Down. As a border constituency we are well placed to avail of these funds and bring substantial investment to the area. […]