“OFMDFM are aware of the issues raised…”

On Friday [evening? – Ed] the Northern Ireland First and deputy First Ministers issued a statement in response to concerns about their appointment of an individual to an ‘independent’ review who “could be perceived as having a conflict of interest.” 

In particular, the appointment of Philip Holder to the second layer of the investigation into the role and responsibilities of the NI Regional Development Minister, and the Department, in the NI Water saga.

From the OFMDFM statement

OFMDFM are aware of the issues raised by the BBC. There are two strands to the Review which were agreed by the Executive. It is not a single person review.

There is a need for urgency in the Review to ensure that the mistakes by NIW over the Christmas period are not repeated. [added emphasis]

The Review was established on 6 January 2011. Both stands of the Review have already begun. The findings will be delivered in a composite report around the end of February.