News and Events

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. I […]

Speaking after visiting the Greenpark Road where work is ongoing the MP for the area said;   “ Following representations to Roads Service on the need for improvements to the footway and road resurfacing,  I am pleased that the work Roads Service agreed to carry out on the Greenpark Road is now underway. The road […]

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie this morning raised the issue of falling dairy prices in the House of Commons during Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Questions. Ms Ritchie outlined the urgent need for the EU intervention threshold to be reviewed and increased to reflect the reality of the situation facing farmers. She said:   […]

SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has hit out at the UK Chancellor after receiving written confirmation of his decision to close the HMRC Centre in Newry. Speaking following the decision Ms Ritchie stated: This whole process has been completely mishandled by the UK Treasury. It is clear that the decision was already taken […]

Today’s announcement from the Heath Minister that he is demanding cuts of £30 to £40 million from the Health Service Trusts by the end March 2015 is devastating news for patients and staff. These cuts will impact on the lives of all of us, patients, doctors, nurses, health care and ancillary staff. They will threaten […]

Nursing and Midwifery registration fees must not be increased Margaret Ritchie said today “I have been inundated by representations from members of the Nursing and Midwifery profession in South Down who are deeply disappointed at the decision of the Nursing and Midwifery council to increase registration fees to £120 a year. In order to practice […]

“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 […]

Speaking before cutting the ribbon to officially open the Killough Ropewalk the MP for the area said; “It is wonderful to see such great community support for Killough Ropewalk. The attendance of so many residents and school children here today is testament to this development having the community at its core. The Palatine Trust has […]

“This beach clean organised by the Down District Council and NIEA is a great way of highlighting our responsibility as local residents to do all we can to ensure that our local beaches are free from litter. The local school children from the Newcastle area showed great enthusiasm for their local environment and undertook a […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has congratulated the Down junior camogie team who have been crowned 2014 All- Ireland Junior Champions. Ms Ritchie stated, “I would like to congratulate the team on this magnificent achievement. They have displayed great effort and hard work in reaching the final. This victory reflects very well on the team and […]