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Martin McGuinness car 'involved in number of incidents'

Published 26/09/2016

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

New figures reveal that the deputy First Minister's car has been involved in a number of incidents over recent years.

Figures obtained by the News Letter under the Freedom of Information act show that the ministerial car for Mr McGuinness was involved in four incidents since 2011, costing the public purse £1,517 in repair bills.

Two accidents occurred in March this year while vandalism accounted for two other incidents.

Prior to 2011, the deputy First Minister's car was involved in five accidents in five years - three of which were in 2009, the News Letter reported.

Under Assembly rules Sinn Fein is permitted to use its own drivers as opposed to civil service-provided employees.

Earlier this year TUV leader Jim Allister found that new Sinn Fein Finance Minister Mairtin O Muilleoir is paying his own driver £34,000-a-year.

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