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“Six months on from when errors were first made in the monthly pay cheques of health sectors employees this debacle still continues. As recently as Friday 30th May, I received information from the Minister for Health stating that the majority of cases had been resolved and refunds had been made. However, this is clearly not […]

South Down SDLP MP, Margaret Ritchie who visited the Saul Street, Downpatrick Apartment Block where a fire took place earlier this morning has talked to some of the residents of the block and urged the Housing Executive to ensure that the flats are made habitable at a very early opportunity so that residents can return […]

“My thanks to Rekindle the Kindle Group and Co-operation Ireland for inviting me here this morning to this important launch. Working along with the local community and the Re-kindle Kindle Group on this project, I have at all times been impressed by, and proud of, the drive and determination of the community in their pursuit […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie has welcomed news that sections of the Slievegrane Road, Downpatrick, will be resurfaced before the end of July 2014. Ms Ritchie stated, “I had been in contact with Roads Service to highlight the condition of this rural road, which is well utilised, especially during the school run periods of the day. […]

SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie is supporting the call for additional places at the All Saints’ Nursery Unit at St Colman’s Primary School, Annaclone. Ms Ritchie stated, “There is a strong level of feeling in the Annaclone community for sufficient pre-school places to be made available for young children in the area. Parents understandably want their […]

Margaret Ritchie MP addresses NIHF Breakfast in Newry on the need to Cut VAT on Tourism Addressing representatives from the hospitality and business related sectors the MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie said ; First of all thank you to the Northern Ireland Hotel Federation for inviting me to address you today. There have been […]

The Kilkeel Plant must be a priority for DETI and OFMDFM Speaking after her meeting with representatives from UNITE Trade Union (Wednesday 14th May) the MP for the area Margaret Ritchie said; “Our concentration must be on the protection of jobs and the production line at the BE Aerospace plant in Kilkeel. The Kilkeel Plant […]

Minister Durkan confirms to South Down MP, Margaret Ritchie that planning approval/certificate will be issued for Down Leisure Centre on Wednesday 30th April Margaret Ritchie MP and Cllr Colin McGrath who is Chair of the Council’s Project Steering Committee welcome the long awaited planning approval/certificate for the new Down Leisure Centre Margaret Ritchie MP said […]

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has pledged her support for a specific ovarian cancer awareness campaign and has now joined an All Party Committee on Ovarian Cancer in Westminster. Ms Ritchie met yesterday at Stormont with Belfast woman Una Crudden, who has ovarian cancer and who is behind the drive for a specific campaign […]

Ritchie welcomes wonderful news as Irish Open comes to County Down SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has welcomed news that the Irish Open golf tournament will once again come north in 2015 as Royal County Down is announced as the host club. Speaking after the announcement was made today, Ms Ritchie said: “This is […]