STORMONT Ancillary staff Bessie Carson-McGlynn and Fidelma O’Paisley have commended all 90 of Northern Ireland’s MLAs for agreeing to defer their £1000 wage increase or donate it to local charities.
Readers will remember how cleaning lady Bessie, who is very sensitive to social injustice and double standards by those in power, was rushed to hospital after she choked in disbelief upon hearing about the pay rise.
It came just days after the restoration of the Assembly and increased their wages from £49,500 to £50,500.
“They did the right thing for once,” grandmother of four Bessie told TGL, “but isn’t it amazing that it took that wee grand a piece to embarrass the pants of them, when decisions involving billions for our schools and hospitals went by the wayside for three years.”
“The instantaneous cross party support for executive action as soon as they realised the public could see straight through them was a sight to see,” added Fidelma, “I never seen political finger pointing and whataboutery cut short as fast in my life.”
Fidelma and Bessie were responsible for cleaning a row of five offices used by MLA’s from each of the five main parties, (DUP, Sinn Fein, SDLP Alliance and UUP) during the three years the Assembly wasn’t sitting.
“It was like the land that time forgot, pens didn’t move about on desks from month to month, or even from year to year, cobwebs on keyboards, used condoms in bins, we cleaned the lot.” Fidelma had previously reported.
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