DUP Leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster said,
The Storey funeral fundamentally undermined the Northern Ireland Executive’s Covid-19 rules and confused our messaging.
The public messaging was significantly undermined as a result of the attendance at the funeral by those who make the law and regulations.
It is right that the Deputy First Minister has acknowledged the undermining of the public messaging as a result of what happened, and the deep hurt and anger that was caused as a result of Michelle O’Neill’s action. Those who set the rules must abide by the rules.
Clearly those investigations and enquiries into the activities at the funeral which we instigated must continue and we look forward to their conclusions as soon as possible.
Northern Ireland is facing very significant challenges as a result of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and it is vital that as we move forward we do so on the basis that our messages are clear and that the actions of everyone in leadership do nothing to undermine the collective efforts to beat COVID-19.