Members of assessment panel on paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland announced

All three will sit on the panel set up in response to the current political crisis

Members of assessment panel on paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland announced

The Stormont building in Belfast | Photocall file photo

The names of the three panel members who will oversee an independent assessment on the activity and purpose of paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland have been announced.

They are British Liberal Democrat Alex Carlile - also known as Lord Carlile - Rosalie Flanagan, a former permanent secretary at Stormont's Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, and Northern Ireland-based QC Stephen Shaw.

All three will sit on the panel set up in response to the current political crisis at Stormont.

They will look at information held by the police, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and security services.

The Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers commissioned the independent assessment on the activity and purpose of paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland.

Ms Villiers said the assessment will be published by mid-October and will be available to inform the parties' discussions and conclusions in the cross-party talks.

The Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan says the Irish government will not be involved in the review.

But he says he is "more optimistic" about the state of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and the panel will help get talks back on track.