Discussion,  Politics

Stormont and the SPADs

What about if we were to write and ask what is the legal position regarding the appointment of SPADs. You will need some form of template and means of contacting the Head of the NI Civil Service and the Attorney General. So here are the contact details and a template for you to customise..

Email: info@executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk

David Stirling

SD03 Stormont Castle

Stormont Estate

Belfast

BT4 3TT

Dear Head of the NI Civil Service

I am writing to enquire about the legality of Sinn Fein , the DUP and other parties in appointing SPADs without an apparent legal selection process and without the employment of generally accepted rules regarding the filling of vacancies. Is it the case that political parties consider themselves to be above the law and therefore get a waiver not available to the rest of us ? Quite apart from the issue of party political cronyism the SPADS are not clearly appointed for specialisms within the departments their ministers are appointed to, have no clear, transparent or publicly available selection criteria, and no published job description. Would it be the case that such appointments could be contested in the courts?

Yours sincerely

Email address – contact@attorneygeneralni.gov.uk

John Larkin QC

The Office of the Attorney General for Northern Ireland

PO Box 1272

Belfast

BT1 9LU

Dear Attorney General

I am writing to enquire about the legality of Sinn Fein , the DUP and other parties in appointing SPADs without an apparent legal selection process and without the employment of generally accepted rules regarding the filling of vacancies. Is it the case that political parties consider themselves to be above the law and therefore get a waiver not available to the rest of us ? Quite apart from the issue of party political cronyism the SPADS are not clearly appointed for specialisms within the departments their ministers are appointed to, have no clear, transparent or publicly available selection criteria, and no published job description. Would it be the case that such appointments could be contested in the courts?

Yours sincerely

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