Northern Ireland

Parades body jobs are advertised

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Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Hugo Swire announced the launch of an open competition to appointment to the Parades Commission on Monday.

Mr Swire will recruit a chairman and six commissioners.

He said it was "in the absence of a local solution" to a new framework for parading.

"Regrettably I have been left with no alternative but to begin the process of making appointments in time for next year's marching season," Mr Swire said.

"The role of the Parades Commission remains extremely important and challenging."

He added: "I would encourage individuals to apply who have a genuine interest in ensuring that the rights of those who parade and those who are affected by parading are treated with equal respect.

"The new Commission will be expected to build on the valuable work of the outgoing Commission and continue to work with local communities to ensure that we do not see a repeat of the mindless violence which occurred as a result of some parades during the summer just past.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Chairman and Commissioners for their work."

Advertisements inviting applications will appear from Monday.

The Parades Commission is an independent public body established under the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998.

The Commission is made up of a chairman and six members appointed by the Secretary of State.

The current Commissioners' term of office expires on 31 December 2010 and this competition aims to fill all of the vacancies which will arise on that date.

The tenure of these appointments will run for three years from 1 January 2011 until 31 December 2013.

However, if alternative parading arrangements were forthcoming this term of office would be brought to an earlier end.

The time commitment is on average two-days per week but proportionately in the summer period.

The Parades Commission remuneration will be £500 per diem for the chairman and £250 per diem for members.