Dickson Backs Local Bombardier Workers

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his support for the local workers at Bombardier, by urging everyone to sign the Unite Union Petition to defend jobs and skills at the Belfast plant. Mr Dickson met with Unite Union representative Darren Moore at his constituency office on Friday 27th October, to discuss the current concerns of workers at Bombardier and lend support to the campaign to defend the site from cuts. Mr Dickson commented: “The past few months have been a bit of a rollercoaster for Bombardier, and I sincerely hope that now some stability can be brought for those understandably concerned for their jobs. It is vital that we keep this innovative, highly-skilled i

Carrickfergus Men’s Shed Group Seeking New Premises

East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has backed the local community group, Carrickfergus Men’s shed, in their search for new premises. The group fulfills a valuable role for the local community, giving men of all ages, but particularly from the age of 40 and above, the chance to meet up with other men and be part of a group that can give them a sense of camaraderie. Statistics taken from the NINIS NISRA website show that the number of men in Carrickfergus older than 40 is in excess of 9000, and the amount of prescriptions for anti-depressants for men in Carrickfergus has been steadily rising, increasing from the 135 in 2012 to 146 in 2014. Additionally some estimates put the figure for this yea

Dickson Encourages East Antrim to Support Local Parks in Vote

Voting for the UK's best park is underway and East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has encouraged East Antrim residents to get behind local parks: Woodburn Glen, Marine Gardens, Shaftesbury Park and Dixon Park in the vote. Mr Dickson said: 'We have some wonderful natural and landscaped parks in East Antrim, and this is our opportunity to show the rest of NI and the UK what East Antrim has to offer, so I would urge everyone to get behind East Antrim's parks and vote for their favourite." Click here to vote.

Dickson Suggests Bottle Deposit Scheme to Save Money and the Environment

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has suggested that Northern Ireland should consider introducing a drinks container deposit system, to increase levels of recycling and reduce waste. Mr Dickson was commenting on a recent report by Keep Britain Tidy which found that councils would likely save money by having fewer containers to collect, and less litter to clean from streets. Mr Dickson said: “Bottle deposit schemes are common in Northern Europe, particularly Scandinavia. In fact, in Norway plastic bottle recycling rates are around 95%. “Recycling is also usually quite convenient too, with refund machines available at supermarkets and other public places. So many people return their b

SIF Investigation Should Have Started 10 Months Ago - Dickson

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has restated his belief that the operation of the controversial Social Investment Fund (SIF) “Has been characterised by secrecy and cronyism”, and that “the truth is only slowly coming out”. Mr Dickson was speaking after the broadcast of a BBC Spotlight Programme which showed documents alleging the Assembly Speaker, Robin Newton MLA, misled the Assembly over his role with Charter NI, acting as adviser to the SIF-funded group, despite stating to the Assembly Chamber he held no such position. Mr Dickson remarked: “In December 2016 an Alliance motion calling for an independent review into the scheme was defeated in the Assembly Chamber 53-38. It was no

Dickson Raises Awareness for World Heart Day 2017

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, is helping to raise awareness for woman with heart conditions in Northern Ireland to mark World Heart Day 2017. Mr Dickson commented: “Sadly, nearly 2000 women in Northern Ireland are dying from conditions such as heart attack and stroke each year. These figures dispel the myth that heart disease is a ‘man’s disease’, and show that much more research is needed, to better prevent, diagnose and treat heart problems. “There is a growing burden in Northern Ireland, in terms of heart and circulatory disease with over 225,000 people living with it every day, around 100,000 of which are women. “I would encourage anyone who can to donate to the British Hear

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