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DUP simply not coming clean on Assembly Allowance Reform – Ní Chuilín

22 June, 2010 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin Chief Whip Carál Ní Chuilín has today said that the arguments put forward by the DUP in relation to reforming MLA’s allowances simply aren’t true.

Speaking from Stormont today she said;

“This Bill came about after Sinn Féin refused to vote for MLA pay rises. Sinn Féin was the only political party against pay increases for MLA’s. The DUP are actually trying to ensure that MLA’s are in control of setting their own salaries.

The work to change current procedure has been ongoing in the Assembly Commission for months now and the DUP, represented by Stephen Mourtray, have been right in the heart of the discussions and work.

The DUP agreed with the other parties on the way forward the Repeal Bill, which would change the current arrangements for salaries and has been on the order paper for 2 weeks. Yesterday the DUP assembly team meets and vetoes DUP support for the Bill. They need to explain their reasons for doing so.

Let’s be clear on what this is about; an adoption of the new procedures. The DUP MLAs can be accused of looking after themselves at a time of economic cuts and hardship. Many people are now questioning the DUP’s motivation

Their position is disgraceful.”

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