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How ironic if funeral row ends up putting the final nail in Executive's coffin

Eilis O'Hanlon


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Hundreds lined the route of the cortege in West Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

Hundreds lined the route of the cortege in West Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

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Controversy: Bobby Storey

Controversy: Bobby Storey

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Hundreds lined the route of the cortege in West Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

Why are the ructions from IRA veteran Bobby Storey's funeral, now more than a week old, still rumbling on?

Certainly, if anyone had predicted back in January, when the Northern Ireland Assembly was finally restored after three years in cold storage, that its survival would be threatened within months by the attendance of the Sinn Fein leadership at a showy funeral for one of their own, most observers would have said that they were mad.

There were many other issues which looked far more likely to destabilise relations within the power-sharing Executive, not least the differences between parties over who should be entitled to a Troubles pension.