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Ms Ritchie said, “I utterly condemn the wanton destruction and mindless arson at the Old Downe Hospital site last night.   It is crucial those responsible for this crime are made amenable to the law and I would urge anyone with information to make it known to the PSNI.   Now is also the time […]

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 […]

Margaret Ritchie, MP for South Down, has welcomed the investment by Dankse Bank in modern flagship premises in Downpatrick town centre.   Ms Ritchie said, “I understand the Downpatrick branch will open in it’s new premises in November on Market Street, and is promising to provide improved layout and customer service for customers. This is […]

Member of Parliament for South Down, Margaret Ritchie, has said the DUP has let the farming community down by failing to campaign for yes vote in the European Referendum.   Ms Ritchie said, “The Environmental Farming Scheme is due to open for applications in February, however there is no guarantee this Scheme will have Government […]

Speaking about the publication of the Parliamentary Boundaries Review for consultation, South Down MP Margaret Ritchie said   “As a result of legislative change, the Boundary Commission had to reduce the number of constituencies from 18 to 17. As a result of this legislative requirement, there has been some major changes proposed  to the political […]

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 […]

Ms Ritchie said, “It has been brought to my attention, through representations on behalf of constituents, the crisis in the health system in terms of waiting lists for urgent and routine appointments right across Northern Ireland.   In the South Eastern Trust, waiting times for urgent general surgery are 52 weeks. I understand this is […]

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 […]