Stop paying Northern Ireland MLAs their salary until an agreement is reached.
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The Northern Ireland Assembly broke down in January 2017, as a result of deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness resigning, his reasons for doing this was due to First Minister Arlene Foster refusing to temporarily stand down while the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme was investigated. Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, therefore, a new election was held, whereby the DUP and SF were returned as the largest unionist and nationalist parties respectively in March 2017.
Since then, there has been multiple talks between the two parties and countless “red lines”. DUsing this, all MLAs have been receiving their full salary. In the financial year of 2016-17, Arlene Foster’s salary was over £103,000, while Michelle O’Neill’s was over £79,000 (this is likely to have increased now she is head of the Northern Ireland division of SF). Meanwhile, all 90 MLAs receive their basic salary of £49,500. This means since the Assembly collapse in January 2017, MLAs salaries have cost the taxpayer over £6.6 million.
We, the people of Northern Ireland, feel that enough is enough. As more and more families face financial hardship in Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, it is outrageous that MLAs continue to be paid for not performing the task they were elected to do. That is why we call on the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to end this insanity. Enough is enough. Northern Ireland needs good governance, and good leaders. Neither of which we have seen in the last 18 months. We ask that she sends a strong signal to the MLAs in Stormont that the people of Northern Ireland will not stand for their playtime tactics. They were given a job to do; if they feel they can’t perform - resign!
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