Terrorist watchdog could have Assembly role…

THE ceasefire watchdog – the Independent Monitoring Commission so hated by loyalists and republicans – may have a formal role when Stormont gets going again. Dick Kerr told the News Letter he believed there would be an active relationship between the commission and any Assembly. He said: “It seems both will impact on each other. Two of our four commissioners have a role as ombudsmen, if you will, to follow up on accusations against another parties.” Under guidelines published by the IMC, the powers open to it include excluding ministers or party members and stopping payments to ministers and parties. The same IMC report also observed that party members may also have their salaries stopped or docked “by resolution of the Assembly”.

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