UK news Bobby Storey funeral: Unionists aim to keep pressure up on O'Neill last news
MetiNews.Com - Unionists are aiming to keep pressure on Sinn Fein over the funeral of Bobby Storey more than a month after the row began.
Breaking News ! "Unionists are aiming to keep pressure on Sinn Fein over the funeral of Bobby Storey more than a month after the row began. Despite the Assembly recess DUP and other MLAs have tabled a series of written questions to deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill over her attendance at the burial on June 30.The DUP’s Thomas Buchanan has asked whether Mrs O’Neill was obliged under the rules to inform the joint office she shares with Arlene Foster of her intention to go to the funeral, and whether she did so.And Jim Allister has asked if the deputy First Minister was conveyed to the funeral in an official Executive car and what advice has been sought from outgoing Attorney General John Larkin over whether she breached her pledge of office commitment “to support the rule of law unequivocally in word and deed”.On Saturday it emerged that Sinn Fein finance minister Conor Murphy has acknowledged using his publicly-funded ministerial business car to “stop in” on the Storey funeral.A department spokesman added: “The minister was going from home to Stormont on official business and stopped in west Belfast on his way.”TUV leader Mr Allister said: “There are very legitimate questions for the PSNI and Belfast City Council to answer about the funeral but we should not lose sight of the fact that the most fundamental questions are for the deputy First Minister and more generally the Stormont Executive.“There seems to be the usual desire to shrug the shoulders and move on. The weakness of the political response was the Assembly in passing a motion which merely expressed disappointment without any condemnation or suggestion the rules had been breached.“It sent a message that republicans are above the law and that law makers can become law breakers without sanction.
.But Mrs O’Neill told the Executive committee that organisation of the funeral was in conjunction with the PSNI with the regulations and restrictions in place “particularly around the issue of stewards and making sure the whole route was stewarded”.“I’m satisfied my actions were within the regulations and the public health guidance,” she added.There are no longer joint press conferences with DUP leader Mrs Foster who insists it can’t be “business as usual” because the regulations were flouted.And it has also emerged that Sinn Fein Junior Minister Declan Kearney was unable to respond to an Assembly debate on the regulations because he was also attending the funeral.The war of words also continued on social media after the DUP’s Trevor Clarke demanded SF’s Gerry Kelly resign from the Policing Board over his senior role in the funeral at the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.On Twitter Mr Kelly hit back: “I am deeply proud to have placed our National flag on the coffin of my close friend and comrade Bobby Storey. If Mr Clarke had a tenth of the courage and integrity of Bobby I might have taken him seriously.”More than 30 mourners were permitted to have a service at Roselawn Crematorium for the veteran republican, while other grieving families had their services postponed, provoking a dispute still rumbling in the council."
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