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Chatting at the Northern Ireland Assembly Business Trusts briefing from Skills UK, are from left, Leslie Cree MLA (Vice Chair NIABT ; Robin Swann MLA, Chairperson of the DEL Committee, who hosted the event; Chris Wales, Chair Ballymena Skills UK Hub. Mr Robin Swann, the Ulster Unionist Party Assembly member for North Antrim and Chairperson of the Stormont Employment and Learning Committee, has praised the work of the Local Hub Programme, emphasising that “it holds tremendous potential to kick start the constituency’s economy”. Assemblyman Swann, who is also North Antrim UUP Chairman and Party Chief Whip, made his appeal at Stormont when, as DEL Committee Chairperson, he hosted the Northern Ireland Assembly Business Trusts briefing from Skills UK. Mr Swann also welcomed the event’s chief guest, Mr Phil Flaxton, Chief Executive of Skill Exchange UK, who outlined the Skill Exchange UK Local Hub Programme. Mr Swann added: “By way of … Continue reading
Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman and his predecessor Rev Dr Robert Coulter MBE have paid tribute to Clough UUP stalwart Mr James McKay, who died recently. In their joint statement, Mr Swann and Rev Coulter said: “An era in Clough has ended with the death of James McKay. “Such was the esteem in which James was held in the village community, he was regarded as the unofficial ‘Mayor of Clough.’ “He will be remembered for his sterling work in the Clough True Blues band, where he was a band leader. “James was very active in the Loyal Orders, and as a talented musician would entertain many with his banjo. “He had the village of Clough at heart. He got flowers from the Ballymena Council, and would attend to them once they were planted. He regularly got the annual village Christmas Tree which he erected every … Continue reading
Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman and member of the Stormont Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee, has “warmly welcomed” the cash injection into the Ballymena roads network. Assemblyman Swann, who is also North Antrim UUP Chairman and Party Chief Whip, said he was “exceptionally pleased” with the investment for Ballymena from his party colleague and Executive Minister Danny Kennedy. Mr Swann said: “I warmly welcome the Department of Regional Development spending on Ballymena roads despite budget cuts. “This investment was unveiled when I asked the Minister for Regional Development to detail how the spend on road maintenance in the Ballymena Borough Council area changed from the 2006/07 to the 2011/12 financial years. “My UUP colleague, Minister Kennedy, replied that in the 2006/07 financial year, £2,471,000 was spent on structural maintenance. This spending increased to £4,463,000 in the financial year 2011/12. “Once again, the UUP has delivered … Continue reading
Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman and member of the Stormont Culture and Agriculture Committees, has called for even more sports funding to be diverted to develop local boxing, not just in the constituency, but right across Northern Ireland. Assemblyman Swann, who is also North Antrim UUP Chairman and Party Chief Whip, issued his appeal after welcoming the decision by the DCAL Stormont Committee to visit the Braid Amateur Boxing Club and the All Saints Boxing Club in Ballymena, as part of its forward work programme. Mr Swann said: “Ballymena has a great and proud reputation for its boxers, with many of them holding, Ulster, Irish, Commonwealth, Olympic and World Titles. “It is vital that after the DCAL Minister’s recent announcement of additional funding to boxing that our local clubs are not left out. I am aware that Belfast City Council has produced a boxing strategy, … Continue reading
Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman, has praised Ballymena Borough Council’s decision to repair the wall in Cullybackey village damaged in a recent traffic accident. Assemblyman Swann is also North Antrim UUP Chairman and Party Chief Whip. He added: “I have had many requests from the public in relation to the ownership of this wall and the fact that it was not being repaired. “I am very grateful to my party colleague, Councillor William McNeillly, who raised this with the Chief Executive of Ballymena Borough Council and who has persuaded the council to repair the wall and seek recompense from the insurance of the person responsible for the accident. “This is another sign of good work by locally elected representatives and local government delivering for local communities,” said Assemblyman Swann.