N. Ireland Politics

Updated register of interests for assembly members

The updated register of interests for assembly members reveals that the new DUP MLA for Strangford, Simpson Gibson has hired his daughter as a part-time researcher and secretary.

SDLP's Declan O'Loan hired his niece last month, to work as a constituency case worker and researcher.

The DUP MLA for North Antrim, Mervyn Storey employed his daughter to work as a part-time assistant.

She worked 30 hours per week between 30 June and 31 August.

Since getting married on 18 August, the DUP MLA for East Antrim has now declared that his secretary has become his sister-in-law.

Hiring family members is in line with the register's rules.

The register was established to provide information regarding the financial interests of assembly members which may be seen to potentially conflict with their role as an assembly member.

The following are the highlights of the changes to the register as of September 13, 2010:

Sydney Anderson - DUP - Upper Bann

He declares his membership of Craigavon council, loyal orders, and a half-share holiday apartment in Bulgaria.

Paul Frew- DUP - North Antrim

He is a non-practising electrician, Ballymena Councillor, school board governor of two schools, rents out a terrace house in Ballymena, and has membership of loyal orders, including the Loyal Orange Order.

Simpson Gibson - DUP - Strangford

He operates a turkey sales business 20 hours per week, owns farmland at Comber and lets out residential property in Newtownards. He also employs his daughter as a part-time researcher and secretary.

Paul Givan - DUP - Lagan Valley

He declares his role as a Lisburn Councillor and some school governorships.

Declan O'Loan - SDLP - North Antrim

In August he registered the fact that he now employs his niece who is also a niece of SDLP MLA Alasdair McDonnell. She is employed as a constituency case worker and researcher.

Brian Wilson - Green Party - North Down

He declared a Tyrone Crystal Vase he received from the MX5 Spring rally after hosting a Stormont dinner in May.

Alastair Ross - DUP - East Antrim

Since getting married this summer (18 August) his secretary has become his sister-in-law.

Mervyn Storey - DUP - North Antrim

He employed his daughter during the summer as a part-time office assistant for 30 hours per week.

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