“issues of public interest at stake..”

Two of the four Victims Commissioners might have been chatting online today but the accelerated passage, which wasn’t, of the retrospective legislation required to appoint them in the first place has failed to halt the legal challenge to their appointments. From the BBC report

Mr Justice Gillen rejected arguments from counsel acting for former First Minister, Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

[The lawyer for Mr Paisley and Mr McGuinness had argued the case be dismissed, as legislation was now in place allowing for the four-member commission rather than a single commissioner.]

The judge said there were issues of public interest at stake.

Not that anyone involved in the private meetings between the then First and deputy First Ministers thought it important enough to take notes.. Still, no names, no pack drill..