“requiring transparency on political donations..”

The Belfast Telegraph’s David Gordon points to a number of ironies in the resignation of Peter Hain over those donations – although it’s not necessarily just a “a bureaucratic foul-up”.

He survived here in 2006, despite a blistering judgment from the High Court which concluded that his NIO team had broken the law by appointing an interim Victims Commissioner as a favour to the DUP.

The judge stated that Mr Hain had failed in his “duty of candour” to the court.

Irony number two is that today’s departure is due to a failure to follow the letter of the law requiring transparency on political donations.

Northern Ireland still does not have any transparency on political donations.