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Decision-makers can say sorry but they can never put it right

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Roselawn cemetery on the outskirts of Belfast

Roselawn cemetery on the outskirts of Belfast

Roselawn cemetery on the outskirts of Belfast

The findings of the independent investigation into Belfast City Council's handling of Bobby Storey's cremation was like the RHI report - the proverbial damp squib.

No smoking gun was found, and the general conclusion was that a cock-up - not a conspiracy - led to up to 30 mourners being allowed to attend the service in Roselawn Cemetery while eight other families were kept at the gate. Many questions still remain as to how this appalling situation came to pass. It's important to note that this was not a public inquiry with statutory powers of compulsion over witnesses and documentation. The 116-page report categorically rejects claims that there was a republican "takeover" of Roselawn, and states that at all times council staff were present at the gate.

Wild allegations that republicans "took control" of the cemetery, and that staff were intimidated and harassed, were always a ridiculous sideshow.


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