Belfast Telegraph

Payments to DUP ministers to stop amid Stormont crisis

The DUP has said payments to ministers are to stop following criticism over Stormont power-sharing arrangements.

Ministers are in office for one day a week as part of the introduction of an in-out policy while political talks continue.

A party statement said: "As we have previously outlined, DUP ministers will not be benefiting financially during the period of the resignations. We indicated that we take our posts to ensure the posts do not get reallocated to the SDLP or Sinn Fein.

"The party leader indicated on the day of the initial resignations that DUP ministers would not be keeping ministerial salary money.

"As the money is paid under legislation by the Assembly we have had discussions with the Assembly finance authorities about not only stopping future payments but also the repayment of any payments previously made.

"As a result of those discussions, appropriate arrangements are to be made to ensure that happens."

The DUP move followed political crisis at Stormont after a police assessment that IRA members were involved in the murder of former IRA man Kevin McGuigan in Belfast in August.

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