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Welcome for removal of MLA pay increase motion – Ní Chuilín

30 November, 2009 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin Chief Whip and north Belfast MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed the removal of a motion on pay increase for MLA’s from today’s Order Paper at the Assembly.

Speaking from the Assembly this afternoon Ms Ní Chuilín said;

“This is a welcome move and one which Sinn Féin fully endorses; our party was the only party who continually highlighted our objections to the proposed pay-increase. We submitted an amendment to the original motion calling for the removal of those recommendations contained in the report which proposed that increase.

Any pay rise for MLA’s must be left to an independent body, MLA’s should not be voting for their own pay-increase, this goes against the very fundamentals of accountability and transparency.

I am sure that the broad public will agree with the Sinn Féin position, particularly in this time of economic hardship and in the run up to Christmas it is unacceptable that any pay-increase for MLA’s would be considered. I welcome the fact that the other parties seem to have bowed to public pressure on this issue, it is unfortunate however that it took that much to bring them to this position.” CRÍOCH

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