A lawyer investigating occasions at Roselawn Cemetery on the day veteran republican Bobby Storey was cremated has been requested to look into the function performed by politicians.
Peter Coll QC started an impartial investigation final week.
He’s inspecting preparations agreed with Belfast Metropolis Council for the cremation.
It’s now clear he’ll examine the actions not simply of council officers, however elected representatives.
The Storey household was allowed as much as 30 folks exterior the crematorium, however the identical entry was denied to eight different households on the identical day.
The council later apologised.
Mr Coll has been requested to research whether or not “preferential remedy” was searched for the Storey household by any political representatives.
He has additionally been informed to examine CCTV footage and to look into any contacts with the PSNI concerning the preparations at Roselawn.
On Monday, BBC Information NI’s Talkback programme revealed particulars of Mr Coll’s phrases of reference.
Later, Belfast Metropolis Council revealed the phrases in full with a complete of 14 “key considerations”.
Mr Coll’s remit contains:
- to evaluation the choice to ship some Roselawn workers dwelling
- to establish if any type of “management” was given to individuals appearing on behalf of the Storey household
- to evaluation the variety of folks exterior the crematorium
By way of politicians, Mr Coll has been requested to “evaluation when and if choices have been communicated to elected representatives, which elected representatives they have been communicated to and once they have been so communicated”.
The lawyer will examine precisely how choices have been made.
His phrases of reference embrace to “look at whether or not the selections have been improperly motivated and whether or not inappropriate affect was delivered to bear”.
Mr Coll has been requested to finish his report inside six weeks.
The council has made it clear that the eight households denied entry to Roselawn shall be entitled to speak to Mr Coll.
A council spokesperson stated: “Council will be sure that any relations of households impacted might communicate instantly with Mr Coll QC ought to they want to take action.”
Final week, one of many council officers concerned in decision-making round Roselawn, Nigel Grimshaw, retired.
Nonetheless, Mr Grimshaw, who labored as director of metropolis and neighbourhood companies, will nonetheless co-operate with the impartial investigation.
Mr Coll, an skilled barrister, was one of many legal professionals concerned within the latest RHI (Renewable Warmth Incentive) inquiry at Stormont.