Dickson Welcomes Departmental Commitment to Islandmagee PS New Build

East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has welcomed a commitment from the Education Authority (EA) and Department of Education that the Business Case for a new building for Islandmagee Primary School, will be submitted before the summer. The EA made the commitment in a response to a letter co-signed by the five MLAs of East Antrim, and states that: ‘it is anticipated that the full business case will be submitted for consideration before the summer’. Mr Dickson commented: “I have been campaigning for a new building for Islandmagee Primary School for five years now, regrettably the Department has continually dragged its feet. I am not prepared to allow another date to slip – I will be holding the E

Dickson welcomes Publication of Report on Fatal Foetal Abnormality

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has welcomed the publication of joint Department of Health and Justice report which recommends changes in abortion law here. The working group on fatal foetal abnormality, set up before the election in May 2016, will recommend the 'law be changed to provide for termination of pregnancy where an abnormality is of such a nature as to be likely to cause death either before birth, during birth or in the early period after birth'. The full report will be published by the Department of Justice and Department of Health. Mr Dickson commented: “In 2016, I proposed an amendment to the Justice Bill, which would have allowed termination in cases where the foetu

New Practical Guide for Fair Elections Welcome - Dickson

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, is the Council of Europe Congress Spokesperson on the Observation of Local and Regional elections and a Member of the Council for Democratic Elections. The Congress has recently launched a new Practical Guide, which has been contributed to by Mr Dickson. The Guide, ‘Administrative resources and fair elections’, has been published to aid local and regional politicians and public officials across all 47 Council of Europe States. Mr Dickson said: “The Guide is based on the checklist for compliance with international standards and good practices to prevent misuse of administrative resources during local and regional election cycles. “It aims to give a

Whitehead soon to be ‘Cooking on Gas’ – Dickson

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has said the time has now come for the town of Whitehead to be connected to the Northern Ireland natural gas network. Speaking following a meeting with the NI Utility Regulator Mr Dickson commented: “I have long been an advocate for ‘Gas to Whitehead’, as natural gas is a convenient, cleaner and more environmentally friendly fuel. Unfortunately, however, while their neighbours in Carrickfergus, Larne and Belfast have enjoyed it for years, Whitehead has been left out in the cold. “Happily, I have been informed that some of the biggest obstacles to an extension to Whitehead have been removed. This gives me great confidence that sometime in the very ne

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