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Mr Beggs is Deputy Speaker of the N I Assembly

Ulster Unionists Welcome Transport NI Proposals to Combat Speeding in Ballycarry

After being made aware of the recurring problem of speeding by members of the Ballycarry community, Ulster Unionists Roy Beggs MLA and Cllr Mark McKinty have contacted Transport NI to press for improved signage and traffic calming for the village. Roy Beggs MLA said “In communication that I passed onto Transport NI, I made it clear that further traffic calming measures are needed within the 30 mph limit at each of the approaches to the village: For example rumble strips and red road speed markings to increase awareness amongst motorists that they have entered a restricted speed limit area.” Larne Lough Councillor Mark McKinty shared concern about the issue and advised that the concern of speeding has also been raised with him from the local community that there is a wider issue about speeding in the village. “Genuine concern for safety of local residents, particularly the young and elderly, have … Continue reading

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Beggs demands urgent action to save millions of pounds in enforcing fine defaults

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has highlighted the unacceptable cost of fine enforcement services. Speaking after the issue was raised during a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee, the East Antrim MLA also questioned why the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunal Service is taking two more years to implement a modernised system that would save literally millions of pounds. Mr Beggs said; “Over the past number of years an increasing number of people have ended up in prison for the non-payment of fines. Our prisons should be for people who commit serious crime, not for people who fail to pay fines. That is why I believe the current system needs reviewed. “The justice system in Northern Ireland often seems out of touch with reality. At present a fine default of as little as £50 could result in disproportionate, bureaucratic, inefficient response from our legal system. I welcome the fact that … Continue reading

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Beggs Leads Remembrance Service at Stormont

East Antrim Assemblyman Roy Beggs MLA has led the annual Service of Remembrance at the Northern Ireland Assembly, in his role as Deputy Speaker. The UUP man read a lesson, laid a wreath and led the last post ceremony, which took place in the Senate Chamber at Stormont. Roy Beggs MLA said “It was an honour to lead the service alongside Deputy Speaker Dallat MLA and Dr Malcolm McKibbin, the Head of the Civil Service. It is important that we remember the fact that so many of our forefathers sacrificed their tomorrow for our today.  We will be forever in their debt and the living owe it to those who can no longer speak, to tell their story for them.” “The Senate Chamber was used as part of the war effort during WW2, as a RAF operational HQ. Indeed, the first sighting of the Bismarck was reported to the Senate … Continue reading

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Beggs questions Wilson’s failure to support local Health Service

Roy Beggs MLA has reacted  angrily to Sammy Wilson MP,MLA who, only a few days before the announcement of the closure of Whiteabbey  Minor injury, was arguing that the Health Service could cope with further savings. Roy Beggs MLA said “As someone who has personally relied on Whiteabbey Minor Injury unit on a number of occasions, I am aware of the high quality of service that is provided on a timely basis.  Without Whiteabbey treating many local patients, waiting times at Antrim, the Mater and the Royal Emergency Departments can be expected to grow further.   My constituents from Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey will all be adversely effected by this decision to end the Whiteabbey Minor Injury service solely because of budget pressures. Sammy Wilson should hang his head in shame for his repeated underfunding of our NHS when he set the previous budget 2011 – 2015.  Even this week on … Continue reading

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Roy Beggs as Deputy Speaker

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