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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 […]

“I had been contacted by some small local businesses who have been victims of a VAT scam. This scam is characterised in an official looking document entitled Publication of costs VAT registration – Numbers in the UK Corporate Portal 2014, requesting further information and potential fee costs. This spurious document also stated “as we operate […]

“The creation of 33 jobs and investment of over £900,000 in scampi production in Kilkeel will not only be welcomed by the local community, but will secure the 140 jobs already existing at the Kilkeel Seafoods plant. The quality of product and the expertise and skills of the workforce in Kilkeel are clearly the drivers […]

Margaret Ritchie MP attends the dedication of the Ulster History Circle ‘Blue Plaque’ to Co Down GAA stalwart, the late Peadar Barry “Addressing the many guests at the event in Burren on Friday (4th July) the MP for South Down said; “Peadar Barry was a man of service, delivery and leadership within Co. Down GAA […]

“While work on the major sewage scheme involving the replacement and improvement of over 2000m of sewer in Ardglass is at an advanced stage, NI Water. in response to concerns that the overflow at Ardglass Harbour is continuing, has agreed to draw up plans to diver this overflow pipe to the Harbour Road sewer system. […]

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has condemned those behind a gun attack in Clough in County Down as “deplorable and cowardly”. The incident occurred in the Claragh Court area sometime around 3am when shots were fired at two parked cars. Damage was caused to the windscreens of the cars. No one was injured. Ms […]