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DUP’s Robin Newton new deputy speaker at Northern Ireland Stormont Assembly

The DUP and Sinn Fein have been accused of a new ‘carve-up’ of top positions at Stormont. The combined strengths of the two main parties forced through the DUP’s Robin Newton as deputy principal speaker on Tuesday. The Ulster Unionists, SDLP, Alliance and other MLAs voted against the appointment. They castigated the retention of the position of ‘prinicpal’ deputy speaker which they described as a ‘vanity post’ and ‘non-position’. The row came just a week after the DUP finally supported Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin to replace William Hay as Speaker – the first republican to do so. The other deputy speakers will be John Dallat of the SDLP and Roy Beggs of the UUP, an assembly spokeswoman confirmed. Mr Newton was first elected to the assembly in 2003, representing East Belfast. He has been re-elected twice. He served as a junior minister in the Office of the First Minister and … Continue reading

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Beggs welcomes A36 Shaneshill route resurfacing scheme

Roy Beggs MLA who has been urging for a greater proportion of Roads capital funding to be used to maintain road surfaces has welcome £1/2m resurfacing scheme to upgrade the key A36 Shaneshill route which links Larne to the North West. Roy Beggs, UUP infrastructure spokesperson said, “I am pleased with the news that significant resurfacing of the key A36 Shaneshill Road. Government has not been investing enough in maintaining our roads networks. Without regular resurfacing, the Department of Infrastructure will be faced with repeated, costly pothole repairs and having to compensate drivers as a result of damage to their vehicle. I would urge drivers to allow some additional travel time for diversions whilst this essential road maintenance occurs”

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Beggs shocked at Abbey Upholsters Fire

Roy Beggs MLA, Ulster Unionist Party representative for East Antrim said: “I was shocked to learn of the extent of the fire at Abbey Upholsters and my thoughts are with everyone associated with the Company following the devastating incident at the Carrickfergus factory. My gratitude and thanks are extended to the emergency services who fought and ultimately put out the blaze in the early hours of Saturday morning. I would hope that the company will be able to quickly find alternative premises to re-establish production and to retain the valuable local manufacturing workforce.”

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Beggs sends condolences to the Royal Family

Deputy Speaker of the NI Assembly, Roy Beggs MLA has offered his condolences to the Royal Family following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, aged 99. Mr Beggs, an Ulster Unionist Party MLA for East Antrim said: “I offer my heartfelt condolences and sympathy on death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh to the Royal Family and especially to our Sovereign, Her Majesty The Queen. Queen Elizabeth and her family circle are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. While the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the World mourn the passing of the longest serving Royal consort, we should also take time to reflect on a life well lived and the legacy that Prince Philip will leave behind. From a personal perspective, as a serving Boys’ Brigade officer and as a parent, I can vouch for the effectiveness of his Duke of Edinburgh … Continue reading

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Beggs welcomes Ballyvernstown Road resurfacing

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs, who is a member of the Infrastructure Committee at Stormont, has welcomed the much needed resurfacing of the Ballyvernstown Road, Larne. Roy Beggs MLA said “The recent resurfacing of the Ballyvernstown Road was much needed and I have pressed the Department for similar resurfacing schemes across East Antrim. Our local road network is in need of renewal in places and with this in mind I will continue to press for adequate funding for road resurfacing and pothole repairs.”

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