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Send-off for former IRA chief Bobby Storey may well be remembered more by those who did not know him

Claire McNeilly

They kept a respectful distance as they walked alongside and behind the late Bobby Storey's hearse.

That, however, was virtually the only time proper social distancing was observed at yesterday's massive, almost state-like funeral of the former IRA chief in west Belfast.

Mr Storey, who died on June 21 while undergoing a lung transplant, aged 64, was laid to rest after Requiem Mass at St Agnes' church. His coffin was draped in the Tricolour.