NI Justice Minister names independent reviewer

As the BBC reports, Northern Ireland Justice Minister, Alliance Party leader David Ford, has announced that former civil servant, Tony McCusker, will conduct the independent review into allegations made against Department of Justice civil servants by Sam Pollock when he resigned as Chief Executive at the NI Police Ombudsman.

Full terms of reference of review here [pdf file].

From the notes to the Minsterial statement

  • Tony McCusker retired from the Northern Ireland Civil Service on 30 August 2005 and since then has undertaken a wide range of advisory work in Northern Ireland and in several European countries. He is also the Chairman of the NI Community Relations Council and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland. Previously he was Director in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister with responsibility for the Executive Secretariat and Corporate Services from December 1999 to January 2002. He was Deputy Secretary in Department of Agriculture and Rural Development until 2005 and was responsible for the Department’s Policy Group. [added link]

  • Tony McCusker’s main point of contact with the Department of Justice will be Anthony Harbinson, Director of Justice Delivery, as Anthony has no direct involvement with the Office of the Police Ombudsman or its Senior Management Team.