Jack Quann
Jack Quann

16.10 30 Mar 2021


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Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster has called on the PSNI's Chief Constable Simon Byrne to resign.

It comes after it was revealed there will be no prosecutions in relation to the funeral of senior republican Bobby Storey in Belfast last June.

The actions of 24 elected Sinn Féin representatives were examined, including those of the North's Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill.

Ms O'Neill has once again apologised for any hurt caused by her attendance at the funeral.

Ms Foster said she believes the position of the PSNI Chief Constable is untenable and is calling on him to resign.

Ms Foster also wants an independent examination of all the events of June 30th.

Speaking last July, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said she did not believe Ms O'Neill, or anyone in the party, should have stepped down.

"When it's somebody who is known and admired and loved - or somebody who loses their life in very tragic circumstances - people will come out to pay their respects.

"So I think there needs to be, above all else in this circumstance, absolute thought and sentitiveities to the families in question", she said.

Ms McDonald also said she did not believe she had anything to apologise for over her attendance at the funeral.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Belfast for the event amid COVID-19 restrictions.

Main image: File photo of a crowd listening to former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams speak during the funeral of Bobby Storey in March 2021. Picture by: Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA Images

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