Salaries worth £15m paid to MLAs despite Stormont being shuttered for 1,000 days - Tóibín
Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín TD has castigated the payment of £15m in salaries to MLAs in the north who refuse to represent their constituents in Stormont.
An Teachta Tóibín stated:
“There are 300,000 people in poverty in the north. 30,000 food parcels were handed out last year. 11,000 people are homeless. Suicide rates in the north are far higher than in the south or in Britain. Mental health services are grossly underfunded. Yet the elected representatives of the people who refuse to take up seats are paid £15 million in salaries.
“Millions of pounds are also drawn down in expenses. That this farce is allowed continue against a background of such extreme human difficulties and crisis is shocking. We had that incredible situation this week in relation to an extremely divisive issue where Sinn Féin refused to turn up. The SDLP had only warmed their seats when they staged a walk out for the cameras.
"The dysfunctionality of the parties of the Assembly is leading directly to enormous societal stress and pressures. The practice of financially rewarding this dysfunction has to stop."