Tuesday 20 February 2018

Independent panel examining extent of paramilitary activity

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers confirmed that an independent body would be set up to monitor paramilitary activity
Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers confirmed that an independent body would be set up to monitor paramilitary activity

David Young

The three members of the Government-appointed independent panel that examined the extent of paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland are:

:: Lord Carlile of Berriew, CBE, QC:

Alex Carlile is a Liberal Democrat peer in the House of Lords and former MP for Montgomeryshire in Wales. He is a practising barrister and deputy High Court judge, called to the Bar in 1970 and made QC in 1984, and former head of chambers of 9-12 Bell Yard barristers' chambers in London. Just hours before the 9/11 attacks of 2001, he was appointed by the Government as the UK's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation. His almost 10 years in the post came in a period of intense public interest and scrutiny around legislative efforts to tackle the terror threat. He remains the independent reviewer of national security arrangements in Northern Ireland - a post he has held since 2007.

:: Rosalie Flanagan:

Rosalie Flanagan is a former high-ranking civil servant in the devolved administration at Stormont. The Belfast-educated Queen's University graduate worked at HM Treasury in London before joining the Northern Ireland Office's statistics branch in 1978. Under direct rule, she worked for almost 20 years in Northern Ireland's Department of Finance and Personnel, working in areas such as public expenditure, equal opportunities and recruitment. After the Good Friday Agreement, she became involved in the preparations for devolution and moved to the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) on its establishment in late 1999. She was a director of executive services with OFMDFM for eight years until her appointment as permanent secretary to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in 2010. She retired from the civil service in 2013.

:: Stephen Shaw QC:

The experienced barrister has been a QC in Northern Ireland since December 2001. A law graduate from Queen's University, he was called to the Northern Ireland Bar in 1980. He was called to the Bar of Ireland across the border in 1998. During his career he has concentrated on commercial, chancery and public law work, incorporating strategic advice as well as litigation, arbitration and mediation. He has acted for banks, public companies (plc) and private business, as well as local and central government. Facebook and the Royal Bank of Scotland are among some of his high-profile clients. Away from court he is involved with charities active in the developing world.

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