The appointment of new Parades Commission members yesterday could indicate the much-lambasted body is here to stay after all, one MLA has suggested.
It had been announced that a new chair and panel members were being sought back in October, and yesterday five of them were named.
But UKIP’s David McNarry said: “An appointment at this time, when Richard Haass is considering the future of that body, raises important questions. Does it indicate that the Parades Commission will not be going?”
A spokeswoman for the NIO, which made the appointments, said: “The current commissioners’ term of office ends December 31. Therefore, without the agreement of any kind of way forward on parades, the Secretary of State had to have a new appointments process.”
The DUP’s Gregory Campbell disagrees “fundamentally” with the Parades Commission, though he added: “But if there isn’t agreement with the Haass talks, the government will say we have to have some sort of plan B.”