Two days after Bobby Storey’s funeral, the Executive quietly changed the law to remove the prohibition which prevented Michelle O’Neill from attending the funeral – but did not announce that, so many other families may be unaware of it.https://t.co/uZS9tidJaP
— Sam McBride (@SJAMcBride) July 7, 2020
[Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister] [Michelle] O’Neill insists the funeral broke neither the law nor her guidance.
However, at 5.45pm last Thursday – two days after Mr Storey’s funeral, and amid huge controversy over senior Sinn Fein figures’ attendance at that event – the Department of Health made The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Amendment No. 10) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, the latest in multiple updates to the regulations as lockdown is eased.
That legislation removed regulation 5 (2) g of the original lockdown regulations in which the restriction on who can attend a funeral was contained.
However, while that means that the prohibition on most people attending funerals has now been removed, many people will be unaware of the change – because Stormont did not publicise it.