Monthly Archives: June 2014

Beggs Questions DCAL Minister on Outdoor Walking Vision

Ulster Unionist Health Spokesperson Roy Beggs MLA has challenged the DCAL minister to outline her proposals to promote walking as a leisure activity. Roy Beggs MLA who is a keen recreational walker said “Walking is an easy way for the majority of us to keep fit and healthy.  In my constituency of East Antrim, there is an abundance of scenic countryside to explore and I feel that we should be investing more  resources into creating more pathways and routes for ramblers to explore and increasing the uptake in walking.” The DCAL Minister responded by stating, “ My Department through Sport NI and in partnership with DOE and DETI funds Outdoor Recreation NI in support of its outdoor recreation Action Plan ‘Our Great Outdoors’ 2013-2020.  This plan details a range of activity to ensure that outdoor recreation as a leisure activity contributes significantly to healthy lifestyles for local people from all … Continue reading

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Beggs Meets Andrew Duncan of McDonalds

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA, Roy Beggs Jr., also his Party Health Spokesperson, recently met with Andrew Duncan of McDonalds at the companies event in the Long Gallery, Stormont.

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Wave of complaints over erection of loyalist flags

Discussions are ongoing between police and community representatives over the erection of paramilitary flags in parts of the borough. It follows a wave of complaints from residents describing the UDA/UFF flags and banner on Greenisland’s Station Road as “intimidating”. It is thought a number have also been mounted around the Woodburn Avenue area of Carrickfergus Councillor Noel Williams, chair of Carrickfergus Policing and Community Safety Partnership, said it was his understanding that police have been “inundated” with complaints over the issue. Revealing the Alliance Party has been contacted by almost 30 people, he commented: “It is difficult to see how in the immediate future it will be resolved. I would like to see it being resolved to the satisfaction of the various communities.” East Antrim MLA Davy Hilditch said the DUP had also received a wave of complaints. “I was in the area on Saturday morning on constituency business and … Continue reading

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Glynn PS teacher retires after almost three decades

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Beggs Questions Education Ministers Support For Officers Tackling Low Attendance

Ulster Unionist politician Roy Beggs MLA has questioned the Education Minister on the pressing need for Education Welfare Officers to have access to the computerised C2K attendance records, in order to better monitor pupil attendance rates in real time and to allow them to work more proactively. East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs said “Educational attendance is extremely important, and clearly links to a young person’s personal and academic development.  Why has the Minister, after over 3 years in office, not fully recognised the importance of the Education and Welfare Service in assisting to improve attendance?  Why as of yet have Education Welfare Officers not been given the appropriate tools to do their jobs, by providing them with access to the C2K systems at their offices.” At present, Education Welfare Officers only have access to schools C2K information on attendance when they are in each school on a site visit. “School … Continue reading

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