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Beggs & Wilson check in on Greenisland 3G pitch progress

Ulster Unionist Party elected representatives Roy Beggs MLA and Councillor Andrew Wilson have called out at Greenisland FC to check up on site to see the progress of the 3G pitch, which is eagerly anticipated by all those associated with the Football Club. In a joint statement, Roy Beggs & Andrew Wilson said “We first became involved in the lobby campaign for the 3G pitch in 2014 and have engaged proactively with Council to push for Local Government investment to add to the significant Sports NI investment which was drawn down by the Football Club. A number of years later, it is great to see the turf being moved in preparation for the 3G pitch installation in addition to the floodlights. Greenisland Football Club is a successful, local club and it is great to see them go from strength to strength and the players are a tribute to the 70 … Continue reading

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Beggs Welcomes Renewal of St Brides Street Zebra Crossing

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs has welcomed work carried out by Transport NI to renew the Zebra crossing at the busy St Brides Street junction in Carrickfergus. Roy Beggs MLA said “I had contacted Transport NI a number of weeks ago to ask for the work to be carried out as the Zebra crossing was very faint and there was concern that vehicles may not see the crossing markings until it was too late.  It is welcome news that Transport NI have carried out the required work at the crossing which will improve road safety for vehicles and pedestrians in the area.”    

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Northern Ireland health bosses don’t know nationalities of their staff

The Department of Health does not know how many overseas staff work in Northern Ireland’s NHS. The News Letter can reveal that whilst the English NHS has detailed data on the national backgrounds of virtually all its workers, with just six months to go until Brexit, the Province’s health authorities not been able to provide any such figures. The Department of Health said it didn’t hold information on the number of non-UK staff it employed The UK’s exit from the EU will spell the end of automatic free movement of EU workers into the UK and may herald a tightening of immigration restrictions more generally – something some people have worried could affect a stretched NHS which relies in part on foreign-born personnel. UUP health spokesman Roy Beggs said any failure to monitor staff details and trends properly would be “negligent”, “incredible”, and “shocking”. The News Letter had asked the … Continue reading

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Beggs welcomes amendment to Misuse of Drugs Act enabling clinicians to prescribe medicinal cannabis

Roy Beggs MLA, who was part of the cross party group of MLAs who had recognised the potential benefits of the medicinal use of cannabis products, has welcomed the amendment to the 2001 Misuse of Drugs Act and the changes indicated by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland that are to enable clinicians to prescribe the medicinal use of cannabis. Roy Beggs MLA said: “I am pleased that Northern Ireland clinicians will, from the 1st of November, be able to consider prescribing medicinal cannabis.  We must however recognise that as there is limited experience in this area that clinicians must be cautious in prescribing its use.  Like any drug, there are side effects and clinicians will want to minimise the risk of harm to patients. “The Home Office, by amending the 2001 Misuse of Drugs Legislation, has enabled some cannabis based products to be considered for use in the … Continue reading

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IN PICTURES: Take a look through the Carrick Times archive

Take a look back at the good old days with our selection of photographs from the paper’s archive. More every week in the Carrick Times. If you have any old photographs that you would like to share with our readers, we would love to hear from you. Do you have photographs from school? Maybe a sports team you played on? Or a special event that was a special memory? We would love to see them. Send any old photographs, together with any details you have about the photo, to and we will use as many as we can in the paper. Barry Cummins, Brian Gorman, Pauline Gorman and Vera Cummins who played in the recent tournament at Whitehead. 1991 Former NI international goalkeeper Jim Platt presents a �200 sports goods voucher to Valerie Hamilton , the winner of the draw at Village Sports, Carrickfergus. Included are proprietor Harry McConkey … Continue reading

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