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McGuinness loses driver and car after resignation

By Rebecca Black

Outgoing Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness no longer has his car and driver after resigning from his post.

The Sinn Fein MLA effectively collasped the Assembly last week when he announced he was quitting.

Mr McGuinness made the move after former First Minister Arlene Foster ignored his repeated advice to stand aside while an independent investigation into the 'cash for ash' scandal was carried out.

However, it is not known whether Mrs Foster still retains her ministerial car and driver despite being forced from office.

Mr McGuinness's transport was provided by the Executive Office. Ms Foster's is provided by the PSNI.

A PSNI spokesman said it did not comment on the personal security of individuals, adding "no inference should be drawn from this".

The remaining 10 Stormont ministers - Claire Sugden (Justice); Michelle O'Neill (Health); Paul Givan (Communities); Chris Hazzard (Infrastructure); Peter Weir (Education); Simon Hamilton (Economy); Mairtin O Muilleoir (Finance), Michelle McIlveen (Agriculture) and junior ministers Megan Fearon and Alastair Ross - remain in post until election day.

The Executive Office said: "Transport is not provided by The Executive Office for the former Deputy First Minister following his resignation. Following dissolution of the Assembly, ministers remain in office up to the close of the polls on the day of the Assembly election."

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