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Cut pay of do-nothing MLAs, says Ukip's David McNarry

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 02/10/2015

Northern Ireland- 27th February 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Talks continue at Stormont in east Belfast regarding the recent issue of letters being sent to republicans who were considered to be 'on the run' stating they would not be prosecuted if they returned to the UK. General view of Parliament Buildings at Stormont.
Northern Ireland- 27th February 2014 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Talks continue at Stormont in east Belfast regarding the recent issue of letters being sent to republicans who were considered to be 'on the run' stating they would not be prosecuted if they returned to the UK. General view of Parliament Buildings at Stormont.

An Assembly member has said he would have no complaints if his salary was cut because of the lack of activity at Stormont.

Ukip's Northern Ireland leader David McNarry said there was little justification in rewarding MLAs for attending debates.

"I am at the Assembly two days every week... just to go through the motions," he added. "As far as I am concerned, we don't deserve two days' pay.

"It is a waste of time and a waste of money as far as I'm concerned. There is plenty of work to do but we can't get doing it.

"If part of our pay is for participation in the Assembly and debates, I can't honestly say that I or anyone else is earning it."

The Assembly chamber sits on a Monday and Tuesday but has achieved little in recent weeks because of a deepening row over the IRA's links to the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

Currently, MLAs are paid a basic salary of £48,000, but that is increased substantially if they chair one of Stormont's statutory committees.

Executive ministers are paid £86,000 a year.

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