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Ritchie Welcomes Treasury Support In Aggregate Scheme For NI

SOUTH Down MP MArgaret Ritchie has welcomed the good news for local quarry operators as the UK Treasury reaffirms its commitment to the Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme in Northern Ireland.  Currently the scheme has been suspended while the European Commission conducts a formal investigation. “The Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme was…

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Ritchie Says Hinkley Point Poses Environmental Risk

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie (SDLP) has said confirmation of the UK’s approval of a new EDF nuclear facility at Hinkley Point at Bridgewater in Somerset is deeply worrying. Ms Ritchie said: “Hinkley Point will be the first new nuclear plant to be built in the UK for two decades and…

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Ritchie Slams Lobbying Bill As Working Against Charities and NGO’s

Margaret Ritchie, South Down SDLP MP, has hit out at the impact that the UK Government’s lobbying bill will have on charities and NGOs operating in Northern Ireland. Speaking during Northern Ireland question time Ms Ritchie said: “This lobbying bill was meant to curb the dominant influence of large lobbyists and…

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Ritchie Says UK Government Must Follow Ireland’s Lead To Boost Tourism

South Down Margaret Ritchie has called on the British government to match the Irish government’s commitment to a lower rate of VAT for the tourism sector and to scrap airport passenger duty on all flights.  Speaking following the budget Ms Ritchie said:  “I warmly welcome the Irish Government’s renewed commitment…

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Ritchie Raises Case Of DVA Workers At Westminster

SOUTH Down MP Margaret Ritchie has spoken out against the planned closure of the DVA Centre in Coleraine during a Westminster debate held this morning fearing impacts trickling down to the Downpatrick area.  Speaking following the debate,  Ms Ritchie said: “This centralisation to Swansea and the removal of the centre from Coleraine…

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Two Men Of Mourne Exhibition Launched In Downpatrick

Two Men of Mourne: New Exhibition and Launch of New Publication at Down County Museum A new exhibition opened at Down County Museum on Thursday 10 October featuring a selection of photographs of South Down. ‘Two Men of Mourne’, displays some of the most interesting and striking images taken by Pat Hudson…

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