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Single Victims Commissioner planned

Northern Ireland is to get a single new Victims Commissioner, it has been announced.

First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have agreed on who will take over a role previously held by four commissioners. But the identity of the new boss 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 and which also include the setting up of a board to oversee the development of the 360-acre site of the former Maze Prison, near Lisburn, Co Antrim.

Candidates to take charge of the Commission for Victims and Survivors are understood to have included two of the four who were first 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 and according to a statement tonight the new commissioner will be announced once the necessary administrative procedures are completed.

Details of a new investment strategy have also been finalised and will be brought to a meeting of the Executive in September for approval.

The strategy envisages an investment programme totalling £12.6 billion, with £5.4 billion to be delivered between now and 2015 supporting more than 13,000 jobs in the construction industry and more in the related supply chain, according to the statement.

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