FUNERALI DI PEGGY O’HARA, LA PSNI APRE UN’INDAGINE
Police have carried out searches in Londonderry and seized items as part of an investigation into events linked to the funeral and wake of republican Peggy O’Hara.
They are investigating the wearing of paramilitary uniforms and shots being fired.
Dozens of people wearing military-style uniform, berets and dark glasses attended the funeral on Saturday.
Mrs O’Hara was the mother of an INLA man who died in the 1981 hunger strike.
It was reported earlier this week that shots were fired over Mrs O’Hara’s coffin.
The DUP condemned a paramilitary display at her funeral in Derry.
Ahead of the funeral, the party had sought assurances from the police that they would taken action against a repeat of paramilitary-style displays.
“Despite our efforts with the police, it would seem that there were no visible signs of police in close proximity to the funeral cortege on Saturday,” East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell said.
“Men and women dressed in paramilitary garb with faces covered were free to march, for almost two miles, around the streets of Londonderry.”
Mr Campbell said the police had questions to answer.
“Police need to take robust action against all who break the law. It seems however that the police are treating some groups in some areas with kid-gloves thus leaving the impression that there is a two-tier justice system,” he said.
“This is dangerous. The police and the Director of Public Prosecutions need to make urgent statements and explain what policing operation was in place in Londonderry and what action and when it will be taken against this illegal parade in the city.”
Ulster Unionist Ross Hussey said people would expect to see convictions “after this brazen display of paramilitary thuggery”.
“I have written to the chief constable seeking a meeting with senior commanders and also assurances that a robust and thorough investigation is taking place,” he said.
“If any of the organisers or participants are shown to be former prisoners out on licence, then I will expect the secretary of state to move swiftly to revoke those licences.”
After the funeral, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness tweeted: “Honoured to attend Peggy O’Hara’s funeral Mass this morning. Masked men parading after did little to respect the memory of such a good woman.”
On Friday, DUP MLA Nelson McCausland submitted 20 questions to the PSNI chief constable about how republican funerals are policed.