With one legal challenge continuing, it has emerged that there is another challenge, this time in the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals in Belfast, against the First and deputy First Ministers’ setting up of the 4-member Victims Commission. Interesting detail from the Belfast Telegraph report
Dr Marie Breen-Smyth was offered one of the four jobs announced by Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness in January, but she turned it down asking what had happened to the single post she applied for a year ago. And she warned officials at the time that the plan to appoint four Commissioners was a recipe for disaster.
Which suggests that one of the current 4 Commissioners was, at best, the fifth choice for the job. The report also notes that
Dr Breen-Smyth declined to comment on her legal action. A spokesman for OFMDFM said: These cases are due to come before the tribunals and will be strenuously defended by OFMDFM. In the circumstances it would be inappropriate to comment further.
Ms Williamson’s lawyers want Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness called to the High Court to explain the reasons why they expanded the job. Mr Macdonald said the First Ministers have “stonewalled” because they are “refusing to say what they were thinking and doing during the relevant period”. Mr Justice Gillen is expected to rule over the summer on whether Mr McGuinness and the former First Minister should have to give evidence.
Unless they try the [new] Reynolds defence..