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McKevitt Announced As SDLP Chief Whip

South Down MLA Karen McKevitt has been appointed SDLP Chief Whip following the resignation of former whip Pat Ramsey on health grounds. Mrs McKevitt will also take a seat on the Assembly Commission, the body which oversees the management of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Speaking after her appointment, Mrs McKevitt…

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McKevitt Welcomes Big Lottery Funding For South Down

South Down SDLP MLA Karen McKevitt has welcomed the awards from the Big Lottery funding to groups across South Down. She said: “The award of over £50,000 in Big Lottery funding to projects in South Down is great news for the local community and for all the groups who have…

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McKevitt Says Ireland Shines At Special Olympics

SDLP sports’ spokesperson Karen McKevitt MLA has commended on Team Ireland’s performance in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. So far Team Ireland’s athletes have secured 1 silver and 3 bronze medals. 2 of these medals have been won by Armagh swimmer Sarah Jane Johnson who will be…

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McKevitt Says South Down Hospitals Must Save Lives Not Pennies

South Down MLA Karen McKevitt (SDLP) has said in a no-holds-barred statement to the the Health Minister that he must enhance both the Downe and Daisy Hill hospitals because “it is clear Craigavon Area Hospital cannot cope with increased A&E intake to cover the south-eastern area.” Ms McKevitt was speaking…

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McKevitt Welcomes Community Resuscitation Strategy Consultation

South Down MLA Karen McKevitt (SDLP) has welcomed a statement by the Minister for Health, Edwin Poots, launching a public consultation on the draft Community Resuscitation Strategy. Mrs McKevitt was speaking after the Minister made a statement to the Assembly. She said: “The Health Minister reminded us of a stark…

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Call for Down District Inward Investment Gathers Pace

South Down MLA’s have backed action for more investment into Down District Following a Stormont debate of the decades of under-investment and economic malaise in Down District, Chris Hazzard Sinn Féin MLA has this week called for a reinvigorated approach to rebuilding the local economy in the area. Having secured…

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McKevitt Condemns Republican Paramilitary Threats

A South Down republican paramilitary group believed to be the Continuity IRA has said it will take “direct military action” against what it described as “travelling criminal gangs…all part of a parcel of ongoing heroine drug culture within the travelling community.” Following this growing threat of violence, South Down SDLP MLA Karen…

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McKevitt Has Digital Switchover Concerns

 SDLP Culture spokesperson South Down MLA Karen McKevitt is concerned by news that many people across the North are left waiting for Freeview Boxes to be installed and others without access to RTE services a day after the digital switchover. Mrs McKevitt  has lobbied extensively on the issue and at…

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