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Margaret Ritchie 'feeling good' after cancer treatment

Margaret Ritchie has said that she is feeling better after receiving treatment for breast cancer

FORMER SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie has revealed that her health has improved substantially following treatment for cancer.

Ms Ritchie (60) had a mastectomy and underwent a course of chemotherapy last year, following a diagnosis for breast cancer, which was revealed after a routine three-yearly mammogram.

The former MP for South Down, who led the SDLP between February 2010 and November 2011, told the News Letter that she was "doing good".

Margaret Ritchie addresses the SDLP's 2010 party conference. Picture Bill Smyth

"I’m recovering very well – all my treatment finished in September and obviously, like many other women in my position, they put you on medication for so many years," she said.

“But I’m feeling grand now, and looking to do things – I’m doing well, recovered very well, and am looking to do things in a very, shall we say, positive light."

Colin McGrath and Eamonn O'Neill of the SDLP celebrate with Margaret Ritchie

Commenting on recent speculation about closer ties between her party and Fianna Fáil, Ms Ritchie said the disappearance of the SDLP name would be a "severe matter of regret".

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