Former Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland Nuala O’Loan is to be appointed to the British House of Lords.

Ms O’Loan spearheaded investigations into the PSNI’s handling of the Omagh bombing.

Ms O’Loan said she was honoured by the appointment.
‘I see my appointment as a wonderful opportunity to continue to make a contribution.

‘Throughout my career I have always tried to bring an independence of thought to issues in a way which would benefit people and enhance the services they get,’ she said.

‘I hope my experience will be of value to the House of Lords.’

The chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission, Michael Jay (Baron Jay of Ewelme), said he was pleased at the appointment.

‘[She has] been appointed on merit following our published selection process and in line with the Commission’s recently revised criteria,’ he said.

Ms O'Loan was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) on 29 December 2007 in the 2008 New Year Honours.