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An Irish politician. A member of Parliament for South Down since 2010.
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ENG: Margaret Mary Ritchie (born 25 March 1958) is an Irish politician who was the Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party from 2010 to 2011. She was previously the Minister for Social Development from 2007 to 2010, when she was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Down. Political career Ritchie is a graduate of Queen's University, Belfast and served as parliamentary assistant to Eddie McGrady MP from 1987 to 2003. Ritchie became a councillor on Down District Council in 1985 and was Vice-Chairman (1992–93) and Chairman of the Council (1993–1994). She has also served as International Secretary of the SDLP and as an alternate member of the European Committee of the Regions. She was nominated as the Social Development Minister in the Northern ...
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Margaret Ritchie: Barbs at McGimpsey are disgraceful


Margaret Ritchie says her party wants to govern, but spelt out a clear |benchmark for participating at StormontTHE SDLP leader has branded DUP and Sinn Fein attacks on Michael McGimpsey as |"disgraceful". In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Margaret Ritchie also warned that her party could walk away from the Executive and into opposition if relations with the two largest parties became further poisoned. Ms Ritchie’s comments underline the increasingly strained relationship between the DUP and Sinn Fein on the one side and the SDLP and UUP on the other. Health Minister Mr ...


Margaret Ritchie resigns from Stormont Executive


The SDLP leader and South Down MP and Assembly member Margaret Ritchie has formally resigned from the Stormont Executive. Her position as Minister for Social Development has been taken by her party colleague, Alex Attwood, who represents west Belfast. He has signed the pledge of office in the presence of Assembly Speaker William Hay and his appointment takes immediate effect. Source: RTÉ News (24 May 2010)


Ritchie puts pressure on Cameron over Saville


SDLP Leader Margaret Ritchie today met British Prime Minister David Cameron raising issues such as the publication of the Saville Report, increased devolved powers for Northern Ireland and protection of the block grant. Speaking after the meeting at Stormont House she said: "Earlier this week in Westminster, my colleague Mark Durkan and I took the opportunity to meet the Secretaryof State and reiterate our opinion that the Saville Report into the events of Bloody Sunday are published as swiftly as possible. "Today at a meeting with the David Cameron I outlined once again why the report ...


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Ritchie welcomes modern new premises for Danske bank and says former premises provide opportunity for boutique hotel
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 […]
Ritchie calls for finance to allow road improvements from Kilkeel to Warrenpoint
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 […]
Ritchie slams DUP for failing to protect farming community
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 […]
Ritchie calls for development plan for Old Downe Hospital site
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 […]



 
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