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Human rights chief stepping down

The chief executive of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is to leave his post, it has been revealed.

Peter O'Neill stands down in a month's time after a reorganisation of management structures which will see the position abolished.

The commission faces 25% cuts and dealing with an independent consultants' report reviewing internal management.

Mr O'Neill has been chief executive since 2007. In August chief commissioner Monica McWilliams said she would step down a year earlier than expected in 2011.

A spokeswoman for the commission said: "The Human Rights Commission is restructuring. The commission is committed to making the best possible use of its resources in the public interest.

"An independent review of the senior management structure and processes has recently been completed. Following the review it has been decided that the post of chief executive will be replaced commencing December 2010.

"A process of change management has been put in place and agreed between the current chief executive and the Commission."

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