The suspension of Paul Priestly will most likely delay/hamper what the Assembly Committees will be able to do until the Northern Ireland Civil Service concludes its own investigation and possible disciplinary procedures. The story on the other hand will turn in focus to what the Minister, Conor Murphy, did or did not know and was Priestly acting on his instruction.
Today's News Letter reveals some ministerial directions on the IRT report. However, on reading them there is no smoking gun yet. The ministerial demand for clarity is general rather than the specific and targeted clarity targued for. If Priestly were acting on ministerial instruction he will have every incentive to reveal so.