Michelle O’Neill admits public health message in NI has been undermined by Bobby Storey funeral attendance

Sinn Féin’s leader in the North Michelle O’Neill has admitted that Stormont’s public health message has been undermined by the Sinn Féin leadership’s attendance at Bobby Storey’s funeral.

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald, Michelle O’Neill and other prominent Sinn Féin politicians attended the funeral of Storey on 30th June.

O’Neill acknowledged that the Stormont Executive’s public health messaging capacity had been undermined by the row over the breach of Covid-19 regulations during the funeral.

“I accept that we have not been able to deliver clear messaging in the format that was the practice before this controversy,” O’Neill said.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said in a statement that “the public messaging was significantly undermined as a result of attendance at the funeral by those who make the law and regulations.”

Leo Varadkar also tweeted, “Better late than never. Still nobody in Sinn Féin held personally accountable for this. People paying their respects in the street is understandable, but organised rally with speeches in Milltown Cemetery is not.”