The driving record of Sinn Fein’s publicly funded, off books ministerial drivers…

Interesting curio from Sam McBride. The figures concerned are relatively small, but it seems that Martin’s driver is a tad accident prone…

Mr McGuinness’s ministerial driver has been at fault for four accidents since 2011, costing the public purse £1,517 in repair bills. He was responsible for two accidents in March of this year, costing more than £600 of damage each time. On a further two occasions, the car was damaged due to vandalism, with the satellite navigation system being stolen in July 2014.

It’s just as likely that the deputy FM goes into areas where the FM generally fears to tread (and perhaps where driving standards are below.

More relevant is the space SF is developing for using public money as a way of privatising public appointments.

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  • Kevin Breslin

    Derry Drivers have been the new Donegal Drivers for some time now, unfortunately.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-24082786

    Myself included.

  • Declan Doyle

    Maybe he needs to go to specsavers? 60p a day to pay for bumps and scrapes is a truly shocking waste of money, far better spent on the annual boney fest.

    At least you guys do not have to put up with the kinda waste Fianna Fail etc engage in, from the Mother Parliament down here. It would be interesting to see similar stats from across the water in the UK.

    However SF need to continue watching where the money goes, with the partys poll ratings going up in two consecutive polls whilst Fianna Fails plummet (due in part possibly to the child abuse scandal engulfing that party) the public will not thank SF if they start apeing the financial excesses of the traditional establishment parties.

  • Reader

    Mick Fealty: It’s just as likely that the deputy FM goes into areas where the FM generally fears to tread (and perhaps where driving standards are below.
    Generous of you to give him the benefit of the doubt, but you had already quoted a claim that the driver “…has been at fault…”. So it looks like he’s part of the problem in that area.

  • Jollyraj

    “with the partys poll ratings going up in two consecutive polls whilst Fianna Fails plummet (due in part possibly to the child abuse scandal engulfing that party)”

    A more normal reaction, it seems, from FF voters than from SF’s core vote. After all, the two major child abuse scandals which we learned about in recent times (in both of which Gerry Adams was involved) seemed to galvanize their vote.

  • Jollyraj

    Perhaps it’s time for a new ‘wheel man’

  • chrisjones2

    What a shocking suggestion that Derry Drivers are worse than average

    Still we must ask an important question here. I assume that the job description of the DFMs driver is that he is able to drive without hitting things. With this record does he meet that test?

    More importantly, is it safe for Marlene to allow him to continue to drive the DFM? Martin is far too valuable to risk his safety on this nonsense with all the concomitant dangers that any accident would immediately be attributed to PSNI / Securocrats desperate to wreck the Peace Process

    And finally, speaking of cronyism, all Ministers are provided with NICS drivers recruited through open competition. Why are SF still allowed to appoint their own hacks as drivers? What salaries is the party paid for them and where does this money actually go? Are they driving SF cars or ones provided for them? Why are other people who might want Civil Service posts denied access to these jobs?

    Some of our opposition might one day bother to ask how the gravy train flows

  • chrisjones2

    Well afte the election results in the North anhd Brexit you need the consolation

  • Skibo

    Things must be getting light for “pick on Sinn Fein” these days when you have to start reporting car accidents.

  • John Collins

    Chris
    I do not know above Derry drivers, but the record of serious road accidents in Donegal is truly appalling. ‘Worse than average’ would be far too timid a description to apply to it.

  • Declan Doyle

    That’s the problem when SF go up in the polls, everything is thrown in a tantrum, even feathers. Fianna Fail on the other hand get ten threads glorifying them 😉

  • Am Ghobsmacht

    Oil & gas?

  • Jollyraj

    A man on the average industrial wage cannot afford a personal chaffeur. And doesn’t have an expense account.

  • anon

    Maybe Martin’s driver has other skills besides driving.