Dickson has constructive meeting with Caterpillar management

East Antrim Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said he had an extremely constructive and informative discussion with Caterpillar's Operations Director, Robert Kennedy. ​ Mr Dickson, who has regular contact with Mr Kennedy, spoke to him to represent the concerns of his constituents. Mr Dickson also raised a number of issues on behalf of the Trade Union UNITE, who he also met recently. ​ Mr Dickson said: "I was expressing my concerns and those of constituents regarding the job losses at Caterpillar and am delighted that Mr Kennedy took the time to explain the situation with the company in a world-wide context. The company has suffered from 'global buffeting' in the mining industry, which has suf

Dickson experiences GP crisis first-hand

East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, visited one of his local GP surgeries on Friday to find out more about the crisis affecting GPs in Northern Ireland, with the help of Dr Howie and the Royal College of General Practitioners in Northern Ireland (RCGPNI). ​ During the visit to Larne Family Practice, Mr Dickson met staff from the practice, spoke to patients, and was shown the facilities available to patients. The local Alliance MLA had the opportunity to see first-hand the vital services that are being provided by GPs and the Practice Team and heard about the pressures and challenges facing general practice in Larne and across the region. ​ Following the visit, Stewart Dickson MLA said: “I was

Dickson Supports International Peace Day

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said International Peace Day is an opportunity to build on the success of the peace process here. ​ The theme for 2016 is ‘Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace’. It is designed to call on UN countries to begin efforts to achieve sustainable development goals agreed by member nations at a major conference in New York last year. ​ East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, said: “The event was important in strengthening the ideals of peace throughout the world. ​ “The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals allow a shared vision for people around the world; helping achieve peace as well as fighting against poverty, hunger, social inequality and environmen

Northern Ireland Welcomes Refugees

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, says that Northern Ireland should welcome more refugees. ​ Stewart Dickson said: “Northern Ireland is a welcoming place for refugees and we should do more to help them. Unfortunately the NI Executive is not doing enough to increase number of refugees that could be accommodated in Northern Ireland.” Mr Dickson was speaking at a rally held at Parliament Buildings in support of refugees. The rally had been organised by Amnesty International to coincide with a major summit on the global refugee crisis to be held at the UN General Assembly. Mr Dickson went on to say: “Northern Ireland has in recent years seen great cultural, economic and social benefits

Dickson Encourages Recylcing for a Good Cause

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, joined Bryson Recycling and local Charity the Children’s Heartbeat Trust to encourage homeowners to boost recycling levels and add value to the local economy all in aid of a good cause. The initiative came during last weeks’ recycling week, which is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of recycling and encouraging everyone to think about all those items that often get forgotten about when recycling at home. A number of local companies have partnered with Bryson Recycling in pledging to donate £1 to Children’s Heartbeat Trust for every tonne of paper, glass and plastic collected through Bryson’s weekly kerbside recycling service. The money do

Dickson Supports Cultural Awareness Week

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, was delighted to support this year’s Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week which is taking place between 19th and 25th September 2016. ​ Stewart Dickson MLA said: “Building a United Community strategy it is an opportunity to celebrate all aspects of our culture and heritage, promote cultural diversity and tackle sectarianism and racism head on. ​ “The Week will provide a platform for organisations and groups from the community and voluntary sectors, arts, culture, sport, education and the wider public sector to showcase innovative approaches to good relations and building a united and shared community. ​ “The theme for this year is ‘Buildi

Dickson Welcomes Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, is delighted to welcome Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2016. ​ The Scheme offers grants of between £200 and £1,500. They are available to rural community-led, voluntary organisations for projects tackling issues of local poverty and/or social isolation. Applicants must match 15 per cent of the funding. Mr Dickson said: “The Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme is a wonderful opportunity for the constituency of East Antrim. East Antrim is an area where all too often rural communities can find themselves isolated. This funding will allow communities to focus on improving conditions for the isolated and those suffering in poverty. “I encourage any group

Dickson Condemns Those Behind Hate Filled Letter Circulated In East Antrim

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has condemned those behind a hate-filled letter circulated in the East Antrim area. ​ Mr Dickson said: "The letter, under the title Ulster Awake, is an ill-informed rant against migrants coming into Northern Ireland. Whoever wrote this offensive letter chooses to ignore the huge benefits brought to Northern Ireland by migrants, through the professional skills they bring as well as the cultural richness we can share and enjoy with them. I offer my full support to those who have chosen to come to Northern Ireland from many other countries. ​ "The letter blatantly lies by saying there is mass uncontrolled immigration. It lies by suggesting migrants inv

Dickson Welcomes Proposed New Social Housing Site at Joymount, Carrickfergus

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has welcomed the Public Consultation and potential future planning application for a mixture of special needs and social housing development, proposed by Clanmil Housing Association, on the site of the old Woodside’s Supermarket, at Joymount Carrickfergus. ​ Mr Dickson said: “Nearly 50 new homes will be built in this exciting new development. The highly anticipated, and very attractive looking construction, will hopefully begin in Spring 2017. ​ “I commend Clanmil Housing Association on their excellent consultation with the community to date. I also trust that Mid & East Antrim Council Planners and Elected Representatives will ensure that this much

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