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Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) Who Employ Relatives
(As of 26 November 2009)

 

Introduction
The Northern Ireland Assembly (NIA) publishes a Register of Members' Interests. Based on the information provided in the version released in November 2009 the BBC Northern Ireland On-line Service published the extracted details of which Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) were employing family members or relatives. The following page reproduces the information provided by the BBC. The BBC found that about a third of MLAs were employing relatives using public funds.

See also:

  • The list of people who hold office in the NIA, or another parliament, and who at the same time are elected as councillors (to the 26 District Councils in Northern Ireland) (as at 1 December 2003)
  • The list of family connections in Northern Ireland politics, and people who held multiple elected positions in the NIA or other parliament (as at 1 December 2003)

 


Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) - 16 MLAs who employ 20 relatives

Thomas Buchanan - wife (part-time)

Gregory Campbell - nephew of fellow MLA George Robinson (The man is jointly employed as a researcher by three DUP members)

Trevor Clarke - wife

Jonathan Craig - brother-in-law (consultancy)

Alex Easton - wife (part-time)

William Hay - brother-in-law

William Irwin - two daughters (one part-time)

Nelson McCausland - nephew (part-time)

Ian McCrea - wife (part-time) and brother-in-law

William McCrea - daughter

Michelle McIlveen - brother

Adrian McQuillan - sister-in-law, aunt (part-time) and nephew of fellow MLA George Robinson (The man is jointly employed as a researcher by three DUP members)

Lord Morrow - sister-in-law

Robin Newton - son and wife

George Robinson - son and nephew (The nephew is jointly employed as a researcher by three DUP members)

Jimmy Spratt - wife (part-time)


Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) - 8 MLAs who employ 11 relatives

Billy Armstrong - daughter

Roy Beggs - wife (part-time)

Robert Coulter - son and wife (part-time)

Leslie Cree - wife (part-time)

David McClarty - wife (part-time)

Basil McCrea - sister

Ken Robinson - wife and son

George Savage - wife and daughter-in-law


Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) - 8 MLAs who employ 8 relatives

Alex Attwood - brother

Mary Bradley - daughter

PJ Bradley - daughter

John Dallat - wife

Mark Durkan - wife (part-time)

Tommy Gallagher - son

Dolores Kelly - daughter

Pat Ramsey - wife


Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) - 4 MLAs who employ 4 relatives

Stephen Farry - wife

Anna Lo - brother (ad hoc translation work)

Kieran McCarthy - son (part-time)

Sean Neeson - wife (part-time)


Sinn Féin (SF) - 2 MLAs who employ 2 relatives

Fra McCann - niece of fellow MLA Alex Maskey

Caral Ni Chuilin - husband's sister-in-law


Green Party- 1 MLA who employs 1 relative

Brian Wilson - son


INDEPENDENT - 1 MLA who employs 1 relative

Kieran Deeny - wife (part-time)

 


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