Wilson Comments on Irish PM 'Arrogant and Unpleasant' Says Dickson

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has said Sammy Wilson MP should “really engage his brain before speaking” after the East Antrim MP branded the Taoiseach “a nutcase”. “It is totally unacceptable for a Member of Parliament to call anyone, never mind the leader of a sovereign state, "a nutcase". It is offensive to all, not least those suffering mental ill-health. Nobody should be using terms such as this,” said Mr Dickson. “These kind of arrogant, unpleasant comments are unfortunately often a hallmark of Sammy Wilson’s style. This latest incident has only demonstrated his lack of respect and a limited understanding of how his comments affect how others view East Antrim and the wider

Department Ducking Gritting Responsibilities - Dickson

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his frustration at the Department for Infrastructure for their refusal to meet basic gritting obligations in Larne. The issue relates specifically to Kilyglen Link in Larne, which despite high traffic levels, and being on a bus route, has remained untreated and dangerously icy over the past few weeks. Mr Dickson commented: “I, and a local Alliance Campaigner, Danny Donnelly, have contacted the Department regarding the hazardous situation on the Kilyglen, only for the issue to be casually dismissed. “In general, the level of traffic required for a route to be salted is 1,500 cars a day, the Department acknowledged that the Kilyglen Link

Dickson Welcomes “Fresh Pair of Eyes” to Devolution Situation

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed hopes that the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley MP, will be able to restore devolution with new All Party Talks. Northern Ireland has been without a functioning Assembly since January last year, when revelations of the botched Renewable Heating Incentive scheme led to the collapse of the Executive. Since then talks have been taking place however little progress has been seen. The new Secretary of State has announced plans for All Party Talks, bringing other parties to the table. Speaking on Good Morning Ulster, Mr Dickson explained that All Party Talks would allow other parties to offer their views and comment

Dickson Condemns Suspected Arson in Larne

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has condemned likely connected cases of suspected arson in Larne on Thursday night. The incidents occurred in the area of the Laharna Retail Park in Larne Town Centre between 7.00pm to 8.00pm, where a number of bins were set on fire. Mr Dickson commented: “These senseless acts do nothing but cause damage and additional cost to our stretched public services, whoever has done this, needs to stop and own up to their actions. “I call on anyone with relevant information to immediately contact the PSNI or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Dickson Encourages Local People to Take Advantage of Prince’s Trust Opportunity

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has highlighted this year’s Prince’s Trust Team Programme as an excellent opportunity for local young people to gain vital skills and improve their employability. Mr Dickson commented: “The Prince’s Trust has made a great contribution over the years to assist young people in getting into employment, in fact, over 80 per cent of young people involved in Princes Trust programmes in Northern Ireland go on to further education, training or employment. Furthermore, the course is completely free so it offers a unique opportunity at building skills and capacity, without worrying about the cost. “I would be hopeful that young people in my constituency, woul

Stewart Dickson MLA hosts Work Experience Student from Belfast High School

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has hosted Niall Brennan, a pupil from Belfast High School, and expressed his pleasure at being able to host the pupil for three days of work experience in his Carrickfergus Constituency office. Niall Brennan said: “The work experience was both enjoyable and interesting. I really enjoyed my three days in the office and got to witness what an MLA and the staff in the constituency office do in the background, and what type of work they do for their constituents. As an A-Level politics student I think it is important for me to get first-hand experience of how politics works”. Niall concluded: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Mr Dickson’s office an

Stewart Dickson MLA ‘Disgusted’ by Oil Theft from Children’s Home in Whitehead

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his disgust after hearing of the theft of an estimated £1000 worth of heating oil from Whitehaven Respite Unit in Whitehead during the New Year period. According to the staff at Whitehaven an overnight stay for some of the children had to be cancelled and caused great distress. 1,500 litres of heating oil was stolen from the home which provides respite care for children with disabilities across NI. The theft caused great distress because the children were not able to stay overnight, and according to Staff, many children who were excited about staying overnight were left disappointed. Mr Dickson said in a statement, “These actions are a

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