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Beggs seeks clarity from Economy Minister on essential ‘businesses and premises’ due to CoViD-19

Beggs seeks clarity from Economy Minister on essential ‘businesses and premises’ due to CoViD-19 East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has sought assurance and clarity from the Economy Minister around what businesses and premises are to close following guidance from the UK Government, following CoViD-19. “I have been contacted by scores of local workers desperately concerned that they are still being forced to work in factories and businesses which are not ‘essential’ or within environments with little or no social distancing or protective equipment. Key workers must be confident they have safe working conditions as they are crucial in the food processing industry, protecting food supply chains, maintaining the country`s transport and communication networks and manufacturing essential products in the battle against Covid-19. Employers have an obligation to ensure the safety of employees. My Party have raised this matter with companies directly but some are hiding behind the … Continue reading

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Beggs condemns vandalism of Glynn war mural

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs has outlined his condemnation of those responsible for the vandalism of a mural in Glynn, Larne which commemorates those who fought in the Great War. Roy Beggs MLA said “This vandalism can only be described as a hate crime carried out by bigots who saw fit to desecrate this respectful mural in memory of all who suffered during The Somme, WWI. Let’s make sure the mural is renewed to its original form and with this in mind, I have contacted the NIHE, PCSP and the Council to see if any funding is available to do this.” Ends

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Ulster Unionists comment on Ravenhill Nursing Home

East Antrim Ulster Unionist representative Roy Beggs MLA said “I am disappointed to learn of the decision of owners of the private Ravenhill Nursing Home to close. This will be upsetting for many of the residents who thought that this was their long term care home. Indeed, I understand that some were in the process of selling their own home having chosen to stay there. I hope that residents will be afforded a reasonable time to find alternative arrangements and that they will be able to find a nursing home reasonably close to family and friends. With the growing older population, we all should be concerned at the closure of beds in nursing homes as it will be increasingly difficult to find one locally. If running costs rather than planning opportunities is the cause of the closure, there is a need for the Health Service to review the level of … Continue reading

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Beggs calls on Executive to take steps to avoid collapse of bus and rail services

At this week’s meeting of the Committee for Infrastructure, Ulster Unionist member Roy Beggs MLA, picked up on alarming comments in the departmental budget briefing which highlighted the ‘risk of imminent and serious collapse of our public transport during 20/21’ and has called on the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure that funds are secured for public transport in next year’s budget. Roy Beggs MLA said: “Due to the low level of subsidy for transport over the past number of years, Translink have indicated that they have drained their reserves and cannot continue to provide the current bus and rail services with the current level of public subsidy. Public transport enables the community to get to work and to school. It is also important in avoiding social isolation and in fighting Climate Change. The Northern Ireland Executive must ensure that essential public transport services continue to be provided. “During questioning I … Continue reading

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Yes, I donate. Do you?

At the start of Organ Donation Week, UUP Health Spokesman Roy Beggs MLA has highlighted the importance of increasing the number of organ donations. He has also again called for an urgent return of a local devolved government so that Northern Ireland can follow the successful soft opt-out organ donation model that has now been approved in Wales, England and recently Scotland. Roy Beggs said: “In the absence of the soft opt out scheme that has been legislated for in the rest of the UK, I would urge everyone to join the local organ donation register by phoning 0300 123 23 23, joining on-line or by completing a form. It is important to join the scheme and speak to family members so that they know your intentions. It is a selfless act and no one knows if their own family member will need a donation from someone else in the … Continue reading

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