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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 […]

“I have been lobbying the Department of Agriculture on the need to recognise, and treat fairly and equitably, new farm businesses, and allow them access to the Single Farm Payments Scheme. The rule to date has been that a farm business must hold an entitlement to SFP in 2013 to receive future SFP entitlement. However, […]

Following her question to the Agriculture Minister on this issue Ms Ritchie stated : “As Northern Ireland exports almost £3 million worth of food to Russia each year the ban has serious consequences for local producers. The European Commission has announced a package of €125 million worth of aid for fruit and vegetable producers and […]

Ritchie welcomes further progress on re-opening of Fountain Street, Downpatrick – Roads Service agreed to the requests from Cllr McGrath and myself to working longer hours and opening Fountain Street at night-time. Margaret Ritchie said today “Yesterday evening, Cllr Colin McGrath and myself met with senior officials from Roads Service on site at Fountain Street, […]

Margaret Ritchie MP said today “Following my visitation to the beach in Newcastle last Saturday to look at the levels of beach cleanliness, I have now had a meeting with the Clerk and Chief Executive of the Council, Mr Dumigan who agreed with me that tourism is our principal economic driver in South Down and […]

SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has called on the UK government to make sure adequate protections are in place to ensure that the Ebola virus does not enter or spread throughout the UK. Ms Ritchie has submitted Parliamentary questions to the UK Health Secretary on this and commented: “In an increasingly interconnected world […]

“The Minister of the Environment Mark H Durkan has confirmed that consultants working on the style and location of the new Visitors Centre at Dundrum Castle are now at the stage where they will be shortly making their recommendations, which will allow for work to commence on site in this financial year. It is vital […]

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has raised concerns regarding farmers at risk being marginalised unless adequate resources such as broadband and clear guidelines about the new online CAP application system are not made readily available. Speaking in the House of Commons Chamber in a debate on CAP Implementation, Ms Ritchie a member of the […]