Rena Shepherd has been appointed as the new Parades Commissioner replacing David Burrows (removed following a successful court challenge). Following that debacle, it appears the NIO has returned to form and chosen another appointee with NIWC connections. The statutory duty sets out that the the Parades Commission “as a group are representative of the community in Northern Ireland”, the NI membership of the Parades commission is now 5 females and 1 male. In terms of political activity, two have played a role in the NIWC, one in the Green party and one in the SDLP. It is also probably fair to say that the section of society that are most actively involved in parading are male protestants but a ‘representative’ commission somehow finds it impossible to have a single one.