€13k salary cut for N Ireland politicians amid deadlock

By Aubrey Allegretti, political reporter
Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly will have their salaries cut by more than ?13,000 until an executive is restored, it has been announced.
Stormont has been without a power-sharing government since January 2017.
Karen Bradley, the Northern Ireland secretary, said the country was "stalling" without devolved government and that local people were "suffering" because of a lack of decision-making.She confirmed the cut would take place in two stages, starting in November.Staff working for politicians in Stormont will have their pay rate protected.
€13k salary cut for N Ireland politicians amid deadlock

Karen Bradley said communities in Northern Ireland were 'suffering'
The move will see salaries slashed from €49,500 down to €35,888, in line with a recommendation by former Assembly chief executive Trevor Reane."While Assembly members continue to perform valuable constituency functions, it is clear that during any such interim period they will not be performing the full range of their legislative functions," Ms Bradley told MPs on Thursday."So, in parallel, I will take the steps necessary to reduce Assembly members' salaries."She added: "I do not think MLAs' staff should suffer because of the politicians' failure to restore an executive."
NI Assembly members have their salaries temporarily cut until an executive is restored.
Karen Bradley says the people of Northern Ireland are suffering while Assembly members fail to form an executive.
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The two biggest political parties both blamed each other for the deadlock.Sinn Fein complained the pay cut "should have been introduced months ago" and accused Ms Bradley of not "prioritising the rights of citizens over Tory Party self-interest"."The political process has been allowed to drift for far too long as a result of her government adopting a do nothing approach rather than confronting the denial of rights by the DUP," leader Michelle O'Neill said.
€13k salary cut for N Ireland politicians amid deadlock

Talks between the Sinn Fein and DUP leaders broke down in July
While the DUP leader Arlene Foster hit back: "The need for this statement lies wholly with Sinn Fein's decision to boycott the Assembly, Executive and the House of Commons."The DUP was able to deliver an additional €1.5bn for Northern Ireland. It is deeply frustrating and utterly careless that Sinn Fein has decided to block government for almost 600 days."It is the last move by Westminster to force the major political parties in Northern Ireland to get back round the negotiating table and agree a power-sharing deal.
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Last year, Bill Clinton, the former US president and a powerful broker behind the Good Friday Agreement, travelled to meet the leaders of Sinn Fein and the DUP in a bid to break the deadlock.The latest round of talks collapsed in July, but both sides agreed to try again after the summer.
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