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Peter Robinson: one victim watchdog right move

By Michael McHugh

Reducing the number of victims' commissioners to one makes sense practically and economically, the First Minister said.

Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have agreed on who will take over a role previously held by four people. But that person’s name will not be announced until later.

The proposed appointment was one of a series of agreements reached by the two ministers across a range of policy areas and initiatives. It includes the setting up of a board to oversee the development of the 360-acre site of the former Maze prison near Lisburn.

Candidates to take charge of the Commission for Victims and Survivors are understood to have included two of the four who were appointed when the body was set up in May 2008, Patricia McBride and Brendan McAllister. The Stormont Executive was under pressure to choose just one this time.

Mr Robinson said: “There are clear advantages to having one single view on matters. There will be no division of responsibility or opinion as the commissioner has to be someone who can work with the victims’ sector.”

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