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Victims Commissioner ruling should be a bench mark for future appointments

28 April, 2009 - by Ian Milne

Sinn Féin MLA and Victims spokesperson Francie Molloy has stated that today’s ruling by the Court of Appeal upholding the unlawfulness of the appoint by the former British Secretary of State Peter Hain of Victims Commissioner Bertha McDougall should now be a bench mark for future appointments.

Speaking today Mr Molloy said:

“Sinn Féin welcomes the decision by the Court of Appeal on the unlawfulness of the appointment by Peter Hain of  Bertha McDougall as the Victims Commissioner in 2005. There were serious shortcomings and flaws in the appointment of  the Commissioner by the former British Secretary of State and the NIO.

"In the past years we have seen both this and appointments to the Parade Commission by the NIO that have been found illegal.

“These cases have exposed the fact that these appointments were not just political but could never command the sort of cross community support required in any public body.

"Sinn Fein believe that all public appointments should be made on merit and that it is a mistake to make partisan appointments that cannot command cross community support and we hope that this ruling today will be the bench mark for future appointments.” ENDS

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