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Ulster Unionists condemn Carrickfergus murder and call for security crackdown

The two Ulster Unionist MLAs for East Antrim, Roy Beggs and John Stewart, have condemned the murder of a man in Carrickfergus. Roy Beggs MLA said: “The murder of George Gilmore and the attempted murder which preceded it must be condemned without reservation. These vicious attacks are shocking reminders that there are still people in our society who are prepared to use extreme violence to exert control in parts of the community. “The events in and around Carrickfergus over the past few days have been horrendous. Action needs to be taken to bring a degree of security to the entire community. I support a strong security response by the PSNI to ensure guns are found and removed, so that no one else is caught up in the cross fire of a bloody feud which has gone on for far too long.” John Stewart MLA said: “The events of the last … Continue reading

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Access to Banking Services vital – Beggs

Roy Beggs MLA has expressed his disappointment at the announcement by the Ulster Bank that they will be closing their local Monkstown Branch. Roy Beggs MLA said, “I am aware of the concern of customers and of small businesses in particular at the announcement of the closure of the Monkstown branch of the Ulster Bank. Local banks are vital to local businesses in terms providing coinage and in enabling the cash sales to be lodged. This closure announcement will limit the local options available and is likely to result in additional inconvenience to customers and costs to small business when regularly banking. Whilst online banking and cashless transaction are increasing, local access to banking services remain vital. This closure announcement is making the local Monkstown post office even more important to the local community and it is vital that government ensures that local communities retain access to such banking services.”

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Beggs highlights increasing ED Waiting times – indictment on DUP/SF Executive

Roy Beggs has said that the lengthening Hospital Emergency waiting times at Antrim, the Mater and The Royal Hospitals were an indictment on the outgoing Executive, and the successive Sinn Fein and DUP ministers responsible for Health and whose Parties have failed to work collectively to finance and to deliver their much talked about health reform and improvement. He urge voters to give their verdict on the DUP/SF Executive’s disastrous performance. Roy Beggs, Ulster Unionist candidate said, “I am aware from talking to local patients, their families and health care staff of the growing pressure on our GP’s and hospitals and on our Emergency Departments in particular. This is now apparent from the publish ED Data for December.” 95% of patients are supposed to be seen within 4hrs and none should have to wait more than 12hrs.  However in December only 63.3% of patients were seen at Antrim ED within … Continue reading

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Given Arlene’s arrogance, should we be calling on Secretary of State to intervene now? – Beggs

Roy Beggs MLA has claimed that the DUPs disgraceful arrogance and irresponsibility regarding the £1/2b Renewable Heat Initiative additional costs and the need for an enquiry is only matched by the irresponsible & hasty manner in which Sinn Fein’s has withdrawal from the devolved institution. The Ulster Unionist MLA has called on Sammy Wilson who was Finance Minister when the scheme was created and Alastair Ross MLA who was the DETI ( Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment) Assembly Private Secretary during this early period to account for their role in this fiasco which could cost local taxpayers £490m. Roy Beggs MLA said, “DUP Ministers ought to have recognised the need for transparency and to be willing to be held responsible for their actions through an inquiry rather than originally opposing it.    The Renewable Heat Initiative has been badly handled by DETI, DFP (Department of Finance) the First Minister and … Continue reading

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Up-date on Provision of GP Services, Glenarm

East Antrim UUP MLA Roy Beggs has recently been given an update by the Health and Social Care Board regarding the Antrim Coast Medical Practice. HSCB have advised, “Elected representatives will be aware of the upcoming retirement of Dr Glover in Antrim Coast Medical Practice in Glenarm. The Health and Social Care Board has met with neighbouring GP practices in an effort to secure General Medical Services in Glenarm. Consultation with these practices is continuing and the Board will keep elected representatives and patients appraised of the situation. Dr Glover continues to provide GP services to patients of Antrim Coast Medical Practice and patients are encouraged to remain registered with this practice.” Roy Beggs MLA said “It is of concern that there are still no new arrangements for GP services as of yet, for the Antrim Coast Medical Practice patients. However, developments in the Bannview Practice, Portadown, must heighten concerns to … Continue reading

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