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Time to make Stormont work for you

I picked up a leaflet at Stormont produced by the Assembly Information Service entitled ‘Your Assembly; Working for you’ which got me thinking about the Assembly and its impact on society. On a daily basis I look around and see my colleagues taking part in debates, working on Committees and completing constituency casework and while … Continue reading

McGimpsey hails Donegall Pass youth club

Last weeks decision by Belfast Education and Library Board to invest the £100,000 required to refurnish the former Porters Memorial dining hall to accommodate a new youth club in Donegall Pass has served to reinvigorate the local community and dispel the belief that they were a forgotten community on the edge of the city center. … Continue reading

McGimpsey tackles O’Dowd over schools

This week’s statement by the Education Minister John O’Dowd on the future of education in Northern Ireland had the potential to make real change for every child in Northern Ireland. In his statement he highlighted the problem of empty desks in the system. He stated that the latest enrolment figures have revealed almost 85,000 spare … Continue reading

Small business must be a priority

As Assembly candidates across Northern Ireland prepare for the election, a key priority they must keep in mind is jobs. In the economic situation we find ourselves in, jobs are a key issue because every job is precious and a job lost could take years in this climate to get back. I believe that the … Continue reading

Serving up a revamp for flats

I am delighted that after many years of lobbying with local residents from Annadale Flats, the Department for Social Development has finally commenced work on a kitchen replacement scheme. While there is much still to be done, this is a positive step forward for the residents who have had to endure poor living conditions for … Continue reading

It’s time to focus on what really matters

In recent months I have begun to question the role of the Department of Regional Development. As we are all too aware in South Belfast Northern Ireland water is in crisis, the Carinshill park and ride scheme is a white elephant, plans for the management of City Centre traffic are ludicrous and even the thought … Continue reading

New era opens for Taughmonagh school

For many years now I have been campaigning for a new school building for Taughmonagh Primary school. The current school is in a bad state of repair and cramped, with many children having to be taught in mobile classrooms. After such a long campaign I am delighted that construction work will finally start this week. … Continue reading

Health Minister battles for a fair share

No other issue impacts on every person in the way health does. In South Belfast, the Health and Social Care sector provides help, care and support to assist people cope with illness or disability or to live independently in their own homes. I make no apology for calling for health and social care services to … Continue reading