It looks as though politicians are close to a deal to secure a future for the insolvent Ulster Orchestra.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the present board, under chairman George Bain, will continue in office.
Bain and his board have been responsible for the arrival and departure of three managers and a welter of unfair dismissal claims.
Five more staff members have left since October, all stating privately that they can no longer work in the present set-up. We understand that local media are investigating the board’s activities but will not publish until the orchestra has fresh funding for fear of frightening the politicians.
Bain, a Canadian with a PhD in industrial relations (sic), is a former president of Queen’s University, Belfast.
What the orchestra needs is a new set of public-spirited faces around its board table.