DUP In-Out Ministers Salary Question Answered – And Back To Work

Following the findings of the investigation into current paramilitary action and involvement being published today by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, all DUP executive ministers will return to their posts.

Peter Robinson will also resume his position as First Minister, leaving Arlene Foster free to continue her sole uninterrupted role as Finance Minister.

Throughout this period of uncertainty, questions had been asked of DUP executive ministers from many quarters about receiving payment for their brief time in ministerial positions, with some questioning the timing of resignations possibly being into a second day and thereby entitling the office holder to an extra days pay.

The DUP repeatedly stated throughout this affair that their ministers would not be benefiting financially and would not retain any salary they received.

An article on the Belfast Live site and others highlighted a statement from the DUP that their ministers would be paying back any salary they received during this period with some observers pointing out that this would not be a straight forward action.

A reply from the NI Assembly received today to an FOI cleared this issue up:

DUP Ministers, Mr Simon Hamilton MLA, Mr Jonathan Bell, MLA and Mr Mervyn Storey MLA have declined to take the Office Holders salary for any days served since resigning their Ministerial posts on 10 September 2015.

Ms Michelle McIlveen MLA has declined to take the Office Holders salary for any days served as the Minister for Regional Development.

Furthermore the issue of if the DUP had nominated a Junior Minister to replace Michelle McIlveen, who had taken the Regional Development position following the resignation of the UUP’s Danny Kennedy, was cleared up – no minister had been assigned, so in the coming days and weeks we can speculate over who shall be appointed in McIlveen’s place as Junior Minister.

  • Ernekid

    What exactly have the DUP achieved through this ridiculous stunt? Beyond clearly displaying the irrelevancy and absurdity of Northern Irish politics, What has been gained?

  • Granni Trixie

    Or the UUP? All that is happened is that we are back at the start where we have to address the problems of paramilitarism,budget, org. O and reforms of the system.
    What a waste.

  • Brenda Hale or Alastair Ross … or someone that needs a wee nudge of prominence before the May 2016 polls.

  • chrisjones2

    So we now know that SFs overarching strategy is controlled by a shadowy third party that, while having a purely political focus, isnt in full control of local members who feel free to commit crime murder etc.

    And in this context Peter leads his merry band back up the hill with no assurance or commitment to change? Aw well, Christmas is coming soon and many of those MLAs partners have expensive tastes

  • Greenflag 2

    It’s back to abnormal until the next time and the time after that and that and that etc etc . Deja vu isn’t what it used to be . Its much more repetitive these days . Shorter attention spans perhaps and 12 second sound bites and getting your point across effectively in 15 seconds .

    So I guess MInisters jumping in and out of their jobs every few days will be the new norm ?

  • murdockp

    will thier pension entitlement be reduced by 1/12 for 2014?

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Goldfish politics…

  • Greenflag 2

    Politicians who live /exist in glass bowls should’nt throw stones .

    or as Louis Mac Niece put it

    The glass is falling hour by hour.
    The glass will fall forever .
    But if you break the bloody glass .
    You won’t hold up the weather .