Stormont MLAs have been paid £15 million since the Assembly collapsed more than two years ago, a Westminster committee has heard.
Abortion has been decriminalised in Northern Ireland after a landmark law change came into force at midnight.
The leader of the SDLP denounced a Stormont Assembly session as a “sham, stunt and joke” after leading his colleagues in walking out.
Anti-abortion Assembly members have launched a last-minute bid to thwart the decriminalisation of terminations in the region.
The Stormont Assembly will sit for the first time in two and half years later after it was recalled by MLAs wishing to protest at changes to Northern Ireland’s abortion laws.
A bid to recall the defunct Stormont Assembly for a second day next week has been launched.
The DUP leader has backed a call by Baroness O’Loan for the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Reform of a contentious Stormont voting mechanism could be “helpful” in addressing concerns about handing the DUP a veto over post-Brexit arrangements, the Northern Ireland Secretary has suggested.
Thousands of people on both sides of the abortion debate took to the streets of Belfast on Saturday.