News – UK – Funeral at Bobby Storey: Arlene Foster defends police chief’s call for resignation


Northern Ireland’s first female minister has defended her call for the chief of police to step down after deciding not to prosecute Sinn Féin politicians attending a major congress at funeral last year despite Covid-19 restrictions

Arlene Foster also declined criticism of failing to meet Chief Constable Simon Byrne just weeks after meeting loyalist paramilitary officials a few weeks ago

The Northern Ireland Police Service recommended prosecuting Michelle O’Neill, Deputy Prime Minister, and 23 others for alleged rule violations last year at the funeral of Bobby Storey, a Republican but the Public Prosecutor (PPS) ) announced last week not to pursue law enforcement

The PPS pointed to the involvement of the police in the funeral planners as one reason why prosecution was likely

Northern Ireland Police Service, Arlene Foster, Democratic Unionist Party, Simon Byrne, Sinn Féin

News – UK – Funeral at Bobby Storey: Arlene Foster defends call for police chief to step down