The Presumption of Death Bill might have been “introduced into the Assembly today by the Finance Minister, Nigel Dodds OBE MP, MLA”, but its origins lie with the then-Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Peter Hain. As with Mr Hain, Nigel Dodds links what should be a straight-forward, and logical, tidying up of the legal position of missing persons with the more politically charged and emotive issue of the acknowledged “human rights violation” which was the deliberately abduction, murdering, and secret burials by the Provisional IRA, et al. [Any news on those searches? – Ed]. The first step, after all.. before its too late..