Deric Henderson Media

Whitehall

A major Cabinet Office review of the communications department at the Northern Ireland Office is underway.

Sinead McSweeney, senior director of public policy for Twitter in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and I are members of a small panel based in London and Belfast who have interviewed key stakeholders including leading political journalists and senior civil servants throughout Britain and Ireland as part of the process.

Reviews have already been conducted in London, the Scottish Office in Edinburgh and the Welsh Office in Cardiff and a report on how the NIO staff go about their future business at Stormont House in Belfast is expected to be finalised in the next few weeks.