Monthly Archives: September 2013

New Extension Opened at Glynn Primary School

Local Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs Jnr has hailed the opening of the new extension at Glynn Primary School. Officially opened on Friday afternoon by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Co Antrim, Joan Christie, the new extension replaces the 2nd hand temporary mobile classroom which had been in situ for several generations. “I myself was educated in P3 and P4 in the old mobile which has just gone,” said Roy Beggs. “Whilst it served its purpose well, it is great to see Glynn Primary School with modern buildings and looking to the future. The next generation of pupils in the village and district will really benefit from the excellent new facilities. Well done to all the staff, and parents who actively support the school and have seen it grow in popularity in recent years.” ENDS

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Jim Allister: Maverick voice on winning run

Maverick voice on winning run With his Special Advisers’ Bill and campaign against the Maze Peace Centre, Jim Allister has had a good 12 months. But can he shake off his animus against the DUP and build a broader consensus, asks Alex Kane TUV leader Jim Allister is widely regarded as one of the most sure-footed performers in the Assembly 28 September 2013 When Jim Allister was elected to the Assembly in May 2011 – returned below quota and as the sole representative of Traditional Unionist Voice – the expectation of commentators and political opponents was that he would be “nothing more than a surly, ineffective voice from the back benches”. The TUV, which had looked like a serious headache for the DUP when Allister took 66,000 votes in the Euro election in 2009, now seemed to be a spent force: with its leader a “lone reminder of the old … Continue reading

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Public Transport to Follow Opening of Larne West Road Link

Local Ulster Unionist representatives Roy Beggs Jnr MLA and Larne Mayor Maureen Morrow have viewed the substantial roads works which have been carried in the Lindara development off the Linn road in Larne West. The latest phase will see the main link road between the major housing developments of Walnut Hollow and Lindara finally opened up to through traffic and public transport. Commenting Roy Beggs MLA said: “The removal of the large pile of soil and rubble on the main link road between Lindara and Walnut Hollow is a sign that progress is finally being made in completing the work which was left undone when the developer Eassda went bust. It has been a long process- and there are still a couple of areas which are unresolved- but the utilization of the Roads Bonds by the Roads Service led by DRD Minister Danny Kennedy has really progressed matters over the … Continue reading

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Action Cancer Revamp a Winner

Local Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs Jnr and his colleague Councillor Beryl McKnight visited the Action Cancer Shop in Carrickfergus this week. They saw at first hand the temporary taker over of the running of the shop by a group from the Henderson Group- who were taking part in an ‘Apprentice’ style business challenge. Commenting Roy Beggs MLA said: “This Business in the Community’s Cares Shop Challenge is not only an interesting business programme, but this experiment in particular brings attention to the work of Action Cancer. The staff from Hendersons really made an impact introducing a significant increase in stock and an eye catching ‘Downton Abbey’ shop window theme.” The UUP MLA added: “We shouldn’t take the work of Charity shops – such as the one for Action Cancer- for granted. We all know of people and their families who benefit from the money generated by these sort … Continue reading

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Campaign aims to break stigma over suicide

A Carrick woman is seeking to ‘break the stigma’ over suicide in the borough with the help of a young people’s charity. Campaigner Sami Cullen, 24, joined with UK-wide organisation Fixers to create a billboard aimed at helping those who are feeling suicidal to understand they are not alone. The billboard is currently being shown at the end of Irish Quarter and Albert Road, where it will remain for another week. Sami lost her younger brother Jay to suicide in 2007 when he was just 16. “Jay was an avid Glentoran supporter and really loving to all he knew. He brought so much happiness into all our lives, and was a friend to all,” she said. “I’m always trying to do something to raise awareness; the billboard is a really good way of trying to break the stigma over suicide; it’s something that happens but people never really talk about. … Continue reading

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