“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.

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  • joeCanuck

    My rare turn to be a pedant. Mr.Gordon obviously doesn’t know the meaning of the word “írony”. There’s no irony there at all.
    And no, I’m not going to look it up for anyone.

  • joeCanuck

    I have apologised to David Gordon after he had the courtesy to write to me.
    A sub-editor removed a sentence which , indeed, demonstrated irony.