The Dáil at the Convention Centre, Dublin.
Questioned about the public health system being possibly overwhelmed this Winter, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar adopts the traditional route and blames Sinn Féin.
Never gets old.
Maria Laoise writes:
How many news articles, opinion pieces, or editorials in the Dublin-based media addressed the anti-Catholic, anti-Nationalist & anti-Irish 11th Night bonfires that took place in the 6C at the weekend?
Bonfire banners ‘sectarian and offensive’, says Foster (BBC)
[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.
Stormont quietly changed funeral law just 48 hours after Michelle O’Neill breach (Newsletter)
Bobby Storey (centre), northern chairman of Sinn Féin
The two other men arrested were veteran Belfast republicans Brian Gillen and Eddie Copeland. The trio were being questioned about the killing of McGuigan outside his house in the Short Strand district of east Belfast in August.
Expressing his concern over Storey’s arrest, McGuinness said: “Bobby Storey is a valued member of Sinn Féin’s core leadership. He has played a leading role in the development of Sinn Féin’s peace strategy and is a longstanding and loyal supporter, defender and advocate of the peace and political processes.”
Martin McGuinness denounces arrest of Sinn Féin colleague (The Guardian)