Monthly Archives: December 2012

Beggs comments on latest unemployment figures

Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs Jnr has commented on the latest unemployment figures which have been released today. They show that over the latest twelve month period there were a total of 4,311 proposed redundancies, an increase of 86% from the previous year (2,315). Currently there are 1,839 outstanding redundancies (that is, proposed but not confirmed), which is 141% higher than this time last year (762). East Antrim MLA Mr Beggs said: “For the month of October, more people (85) were made redundant in East Antrim that in any other constituency in Northern Ireland. This is undoubtedly related to the job losses at FG Wilsons in Larne kicking in. http://www.detini.gov.uk/deti-stats-index/stats-surveys/stats-redundancies.htm It is a sobering thought that as bad as the current figures are, they are likely to get worse once the impact of job losses at Pattons in Ballymena work their way through the system. Earlier this week I … Continue reading

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AEL sets bigger jobs target at new Centre Point suite in Tech building

Acceptable Enterprises Larne (AEL), a service and manufacturing business which makes parts, accessories and components for a wide range of industries, officially opened its new premises at Larne’s Northern Regional College campus building on Friday. And the company’s chief executive David Hunter said the new location will allow the firm to expand and potentially increase its direct employment from 14 to 30, with jobs being created both on the premises and at satellite projects in the local area. The NRC campus on Pound Street has now been renamed Centre Point and will be a shared facility between the college, AEL and the Northern Health Trust. The partnership allows AEL and the Trust to rent part of the premises from NRC, who will continue to provide further education courses on-site. As previously reported in the Times, the campus was in danger of shutting after it suffered a major drop in enrolment … Continue reading

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Hundreds oppose national park plan for Glens at UFU meeting – Local – Larne …

Farmers were joined by residents and businesses at the event in the Sheskburn Hall, Ballycastle, where UFU president Harry Sinclair said: “Farmers and the wider community in the Antrim Coast and Glens area who attended our meeting have overwhelmingly expressed their outright opposition to a national park in their locality. “Once again, a very clear message has been sent to the Environment Minister Alex Attwood that farmers and others do not want and will not support a national park in their area.” Mr Sinclair added that recently the minister scrapped plans for a national park in the Mournes due to the level of opposition. “And we are in no doubt that the same depth of opposition is present in the other areas of Northern Ireland earmarked in the National Park proposals,” he declared. “This has been demonstrated clearly with this meeting in north Antrim. Farmers’ genuine concerns about issues such … Continue reading

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Beggs Speaks on Flags Issue and Civil Unrest

Roy Beggs MLA has spoken in the Assembly of his unequivocal condemnation of the attack on Stewart Dickson MLA’s Carrickfergus Office and the attacks and threats against a number of politicians. Speaking from Stormont, Roy Beggs said, “I support the right of peaceful protest in a democratic society. However, care must be taken that any legal protest is not used as cover for others with another, violent agenda – as evidenced by those who attacked the Alliance Party offices of Stewart Dickson MLA. Attacks on people and property are totally unjustifiable. The use of violence and intimidation are criminal acts. They are detracting from the issue of securing our British identity. British citizens from elsewhere will be horrified to see masked men wrapped in Union Jacks being involved in violence and attacking and injuring police officers.” The UUP MLA has also spoken about the issue of flags and emblems. Roy … Continue reading

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Narrow Water Bridge political debate rumbles on

Posted by Paul Malone editor@newrytimes.com Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 Community, News Political leaders in Northern Ireland are once again at odds over the application for the Narrow Water Bridge. The political debate continued in Stormont today after Finance Minister Sammy Wilson of the DUP told the assembly he believed there was a ‘political smell’ about the bridge’s application. Wilson’s comments were made after the Assembly passed an SDLP motion calling for the Executive to make explicit its commitment to ensure that the remaining financial package for the bridge is put in place immediately. After the motion was carried by 47 votes to 38, Wilson questioned the speed with which the SDLP’s environment minister Alex Attwood granted planning permission for the bridge and called for an investigation into the planning process. During a heated exchange between Attwood and Wilson, the SDLP representative rejected Wilson’s comments and was asked to sit down … Continue reading

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