Dickson Welcomes Major Neonatal Report

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has attended the launch of a major joint report looking at neonatal services in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Baby Report 2018, by the Bliss and TinyLife organisations, was launched at a Stormont event today sponsored by Mr Dickson’s Alliance colleague, Kellie Armstrong MLA. It came as Ms Armstrong submitted an Assembly motion calling for extended maternity and paternity leave for parents of premature babies. Mr Dickson commented: “Today’s event was important to bring together healthcare staff from the neonatal units surveyed as part of the report, with parents and families of babies born prematurely, as well as local MLAs. “Shockingly, mor

Dickson to Meet Sensata Management to Discuss Carrick Job Losses

Alliance East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson has expressed his regret after a local company announced 125 jobs would be lost at its Carrickfergus plant. Sensata Technologies said it had informed employees of its intention to reduce the workforce at the site. The company's Antrim operation will not be impacted. The organisation makes sensors, switches and controls for multiple industries. "My foremost thoughts are with the staff at the Carrickfergus site affected by this news. This is deeply disappointing and will cause distress locally, and I will be meeting with the UK Managing Director, Graham Thompson, today (Friday 23 February) to discuss this issue directly," said Mr Dickson. "It is v

DUP and SF Need to Show Real Leadership – Dickson

East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his ‘deep disappointment’ at the failure of the two main parties to reach an agreement last week, but reaffirmed that: ‘devolution is the only way forward for Northern Ireland’. Mr Dickson was commenting following the collapse in talks last week, saying: “From the very start this two-party approach was adversarial and at times bad-tempered, and therefore always likely to fail. It is time to open up the discussions to all parties, and let the public see what is on the table. “As our public services continue to suffer due to the inability of the two parties to work together, it is easy to see how some think Direct Rule could offer a solution. How

Dickson Taking Action On Future of Kilroot and Ballylumford Power Stations

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has secured meetings over the next few weeks with the Trade Unions at Kilroot Power Station, the Utility Regulator and the System Operator (SONI) to seek a way forward for Kilroot. He also has plans to arrange future meetings with AES Management. Stewart Dickson will be accompanied by party colleague and Former Employment Minister, Dr Stephen Farry MLA. Their aim will be to explore the future prospects and options for both Kilroot and Ballylumford power stations and to explore the future employment prospects at both plants. Mr Dickson said, “There remain many unanswered questions on the security of electricity supply. I welcome the input of Wind Tur

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