“The intention is to appoint a single commissioner…”

Apparently the Northern Ireland Executive OFMDFM are advertising for a single Victims Commissioner to replace the four three current encumbents.  According to the UTV report

The decision to reduce the number of commissioners is understood to have been prompted by the accomplishments of the previously appointed three.

Bertha McDougall, Patricia MacBride and Brendan McAllister – who leave the £65,000 posts in May – are believed to have accomplished so much in establishing initial contact with victims that their workload can now be undertaken by one individual.

However it is also understood that Government ministers are open to hiring two commissioners if they get two outstanding applicants.

Aye, right…  Remind me what those “accomplishments” were again

As the Belfast Telegraph report adds

A senior Stormont source said that while there was the potential for appointing two commissioners, the preference was for one. “The intention is to appoint a single commissioner,” said the source. “But we are trying to retain some degree of flexibility.”

Don’t forget to keep minutes of any discussions in smoke-filled rooms…

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  • wild turkey

    “However it is also understood that Government ministers are open to hiring two commissioners if they get two outstanding applicants.”

    huh? if it wasn’t for “senior Stormont” sources, we’d all be in the dark.

    thanks for the clarity and transparency on this one or one might assume that if OFMDFM want to appoint a sole commissioner but the runner-up may appear to be minded to take OFMDFM thru industrial/fair employment tribunals, various judicial reviews, and other general all purpose shit storms, two “outstanding” appointments makes sense…. or at least sez it all.

    with relevance to the vibrancy of the local economy and indigenous entrepreneurial spirit, how the hell are the bookies going to give odds on a race where there may be one, or there may two, winners?

  • cynic2

    Having a ‘winner’ is contrary to the ethos of the administration.

    There always have to be at least 2 winners and preferably the opportunity to explain that ‘we are all winners’ because we are able to stuff £20 nots in MLAs pockets

  • If the single commisioner ends up being a Nationalist/Catholic, Jim Allister will blow another fuse.