Deirdre Heenan: The Sinn Féin funeral controversy won’t go away, and with good reason

The decision not to prosecute Sinn Féin members who breached Covid-19 restrictions at the funeral of republican Bobby Storey last summer has further fuelled public outrage

4th April, 2021
Deirdre Heenan: The Sinn Féin funeral controversy won’t go away, and with good reason
The funeral of senior republican Bobby Storey Sinn Fein Leader Mary Lou McDonald, former leader Gerry Adams and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. Pic: Pacemaker Press

Drama is part and parcel of the North’s volatile political landscape. Lurching from one crisis to the next has become the norm most recently: Brexit, the protocol, the spectre of a border poll and allegations of two-tier policing – all of these threaten the viability of the fragile devolved institutions.

Generally, these issues are viewed through a constitutional lens, with responses divided along tribal lines. Those outside the political bubble tend to let...

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