“thank Commissioners for the effectiveness and cohesion that they have shown..”

Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward, MP, has announced the re-appointment to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission of all seven commissioners, for a further 3 years, and the reappointment of Chief Commissioner Monica McWilliams for a further 4 years. Obviously he must believe they’ve all been very successful in their roles to date.. From the Secretary of state’s statement

Shaun Woodward said: “The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is a key part of the architecture of human rights protections in Northern Ireland.

“I am delighted to make these reappointments to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and would thank Commissioners for the effectiveness and cohesion that they have shown throughout their first term.”

From the statement’s notes to editors

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was established under the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and is responsible for keeping under review the adequacy and effectiveness in Northern Ireland of law and practice relating to the protection of human rights. The Commission also promotes understanding and awareness of the importance of human rights in Northern Ireland.

Also in those notes

Terms of appointment

The Chief Commissioner, and seven Commissioners, were all appointed on 1 September 2005, serving an initial three year term.

The Commissioners’ second term will last for three years and will be on a part time basis (average four days a month) for which an allowance of £10,000 per annum is paid.

The Chief Commissioner’s second term will last for four years and will be on a full time basis for which a salary of £69,520 per annum is paid.

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  • Driftwood

    The Commission also promotes understanding and awareness of the importance of human rights in Northern Ireland.

    Like fuck it does.

    £££££££££££

  • pith

    Is there a Human Rights Commission?

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    It is a preumably a very trickey job appointing these good persons to the posts as the selection process is open to charges of multiple type of bias including the biggie sectarianism. So probably a good idea in these sensitive times to for continuity and safety.

  • wild turkey

    ‘So probably a good idea in these sensitive times to for continuity and safety. ‘

    Sammy

    so we now have a Continuity Human Rights Commission?

    ‘The Chief Commissioner, and seven Commissioners, were all appointed on 1 September 2005, serving an initial three year term.’

    Did I miss the passage in the SoS statement which detailed the achievements, accomplishments and outputs of the NIHRC over the period Sept 2005 -2008?

    Pointers anyone?

  • joeCanuck

    Heck of a job you’re doing here Brownie?

  • cynic

    Ah yes…what a representtive and reassuring body. I make it:-

    3 lawyers (of which two were / are academics)
    2 teachers
    3 civil servants
    1 Trade Union worker
    1 Social Worker
    1 Politcian

    Dear God, isnt there anyone available who hasn’t spent their entire life working for the State in one way or another?

    Still as Woodward says, at least they havn’t been fighting amongst themselves so that is a positive step.

  • RepublicanStones

    Sure hows about a Human Rights Commission Ombudsman as well? You know when you’ve been quango’ed !

  • fair_deal

    RS

    Good one

  • aquifer

    But where is our bill of rights that was to be part of the GFA structures, or is Monica less of an institutional figure and more a fan of permanent revolution?

  • Driftwood

    Dear God, isnt there anyone available who hasn’t spent their entire life working for the State in one way or another?

    cynic, This is Northern Ireland. Where are they likely to find such a person?

    70 grand, nice one. What does Monica DO for that sort of dosh? And how about 10 grand for showing up at a few meetings. Different planet.

  • billie-Joe Remarkable

    Enough cynicism already. The commissioners are great and they are good.

  • I could do a great job for that kind of money and 3/4 years guaranteed work in these times.With my ear plugs in and my head on constant nodding mode I could even muster the odd smile when the mood took me.Money for old rope comes to mind.