Saturday 20 January 2018

Which funerals get attended?

I wonder what is the protocol for the President, Taoiseach and indeed ministers of this Republic attending funerals.

Last week, both of them attended the funeral of Cardinal Daly in Armagh. However neither of those public office holders saw fit to attend the funeral of the retired government minister Justin Keating, as they did not also attend the funeral of another retired minister, Dr Conor Cruise O'Brien, last year (however both did attend Tony Gregory's funeral, a few days later).

In the case of both ministers O'Brien and Keating, the President and Taoiseach were just represented by an army ADC, something the late, unfortunate model Katy French got following her death, and she was never elected to anything.

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