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Funeral tributes for ex-Workers' Party chief Garland

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Mourning: Widow Mary

Mourning: Widow Mary

Mourning: Widow Mary

Former Workers' Party president Sean Garland was not the "man of steel" he was often believed to be but a "flesh and blood, social being", mourners at his funeral heard.

A humanist ceremony was held for the former political leader at the crematorium chapel at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.

Unitarian clergyman Rev Chris Hudson, who played a key role in the peace process, told mourners that a prominent loyalist figure asked him to pass on his deepest sympathy and gratitude to Mr Garland's Belfast-born widow Mary.

Mr Garland's wicker coffin was draped in both the tricolour and the Starry Plough.

Belfast Telegraph