Hain vetting potential appointees for Victims Commissioner

Slugger is intrigued to learn that the Ofmdfm is already shortlisting for the post of Commissioner for Victims and Survivors and has rejected several applicants. What is interesting about this is that the advertisement for the post said that the appointment would be made by the first and deputy first ministers, if the executive was established on March 26 and otherwise by the Secretary of State. It seems that the NIO is already putting a firm stamp on the appointment process and that Paisley and McGuinness will only have a short list to work from. Not much danger of a political appointment then!

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