Ombudsmen, commissioners and complaints

Derek Birrell

in Direct Rule and the Governance of Northern Ireland

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780719077579
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701881 | DOI:
Ombudsmen, commissioners and complaints

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This chapter describes the various ombudsman offices, commissioners, and commissions that were set up in Northern Ireland under direct rule. It examines their structures, powers, effectiveness and inter-relationships, and compares them in relation to their uniqueness or otherwise in governance in the United Kingdom. It explains that action to safeguard against discrimination and respond to complaints became a major feature of direct rule and that the institutions developed were either ground breaking or largely followed models adopted from Britain. This chapter describes the structure and functions of some of the institutions including the Human Rights Commission, the Police Ombudsman and Equality Commission.

Keywords: ombudsman offices; commissioners; commissions; Northern Ireland; direct rule; United Kingdom; discrimination; Human Rights Commission; Police Ombudsman; Equality Commission

Chapter.  11907 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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