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Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill outside Parliament Buildings in Stormont yesterday. Photo: PA Wire

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill outside Parliament Buildings in Stormont yesterday. Photo: PA Wire

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Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill outside Parliament Buildings in Stormont yesterday. Photo: PA Wire

A Belfast family who were counted in to Roselawn cemetery at the funeral of their brother last month have been left furious and upset after it emerged Belfast City Council handed over control of the grounds for the cremation of Bobby Storey.

The council confirmed that members of Roselawn staff were sent home early to allow "family-appointed stewards" to take control of the funeral on Tuesday.

William (Billy) Dowie (84) died in a Belfast nursing home from Covid-19, with his funeral held at Roselawn on June 1.