Paramilitary trappings at funeral of Sinn Féin press officer Dale Moore
There were paramilitary trappings today at the funeral of former Sinn Féin press officer Dale Moore.
Mr Moore (52), who died on Sunday, worked with the party’s press team in Derry and at the party’s Stormont offices. He underwent a lung transplant in 2007 and had been ill for some time.
At his funeral at St Columba’s Church, Long Tower, a number of senior party members, including MEP Martina Anderson, former MLA Maeve McLaughlin and well known republican William McGuinness accompanied the cortège.
Mr Moore’s coffin was draped in the tricolour and a beret and black gloves were placed on top.
His coffin was flanked by a republican colour party dressed in black and wearing black berets as it was carried from Free Derry Corner to the church.
Outside the church, the beret, gloves and tricolour were removed from the coffin by William McGuinness before being replaced after the church services.
Mourners were told that Mr Moore was a "good man, a Derry man and an Irish man to the backbone".
Derry priest Fr Paddy O'Kane said: "He loved all things Irish and, like most of us, dreamt of a united Ireland."
Fr O'Kane described him as "an excellent son" and a "man of prayer".
Following Requiem Mass, Mr Moore was laid to rest at Derry city cemetery.