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Ms Ritchie said, “I have been involved in this project from 2010 when I was first contacted by Bill Reilly and Warrenpoint Chamber of Commerce, who at that stage had a vision for the upgrade and improvement of the park, central to the tourism attraction of Warrenpoint town.   In 2011 I hosted a visit […]

SDLP MP for South Down has called on the Health Minister, Jane Ellison MP, to reach a settlement to the issue of compensation and support for the victims and families of contaminated blood and blood products in the NHS.  Ms Ritchie said:  “Victims of contaminated blood products and their families have been repeatedly let down […]

Ms Ritchie said, “Further to robust representations outlining my opposition and the opposition of my constituents to monthly payments for certain Trust employees, I am pleased these proposals have now been halted.   These proposals have caused a great deal of worry, distress and financial concern for Trust staff who are on the lowest payment […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has offered her congratulations to the Dundrum Coastal Rowing Club for winning the Skiffies World 2016 international rowing event held last week at Delamont Country Park on Strangford Lough. Ms Ritchie stated, “A great effort was made by the Dundrum Club to become the gold medal winners only after just two […]

MP praises GI Jive Festival, Kilkeel
10 August 2016 | 3:22 pm

Ms Ritchie said, “I was delighted to attend the GI Jive Festival in Kilkeel.   This is the third year of the hugely popular festival which attracts visitors from a variety of destinations to the Mournes.   The festival commemorates the very special relationship between the area of Cranfield and the US Airforce, who made […]

Ms Ritchie said, “BT are planning works to improve broadband services in the Castlewellan area, within the BT31 9 postcode sector.   This work will be completed by December 2017 under the SEP (Superfast Extension Program). It is hoped once this technology is deployed it will benefit homes and business in the area, with an improved […]

Member of Parliament for South Down, Margaret Ritchie has outlined her support for financial funding and grant aid for repairs for listed buildings.   Ms Ritchie said, “A public consultation was launched earlier this year regarding new Historic Environment Fund. The consultation proposals included supporting repairs to listed buildings.   For every pound invested in […]

Ritchie: IDS Resignation Exposes Sinn Fein’s Weakness on Welfare   SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has described former Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation as further vindication of the SDLP’s position on welfare reform and once again exposes the callousness of Sinn Fein’s decision to hand the Assembly’s welfare powers over […]

Ritchie welcomes Treasury investigation into Tourism VAT   SDLP MP for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has welcomed the Treasury’s commitment to investigate the economic benefits of a reduced rate of Tourism VAT. Ms Ritchie, the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Visitors’ Economy said: “I am delighted to welcome the commitment from the […]

MP welcomes commencement of work at St Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor   SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has attended the sod cutting ceremony at St Bronagh’s Primary School and Youth Club, Rostrevor.   Ms Ritchie stated, “I am delighted to attend today’s event, which marks the commencement of work to provide a new primary school and […]