‘No paramilitary trappings’ at McGuinness funeral

Martin McGuinness' funeral will take place on Thursday
Martin McGuinness' funeral will take place on Thursday

There will be no paramilitary trappings at the funeral of Martin McGuinness in Derry on Thursday, the Catholic Church has confirmed.

A church spokesman said that while a flag draped coffin was to be expected, there would be no other visual reminders of the senior Sinn Fein figure’s IRA past.

The service is due to take place at St Columba’s, Long Tower at 2pm.

It is expected to be one of the biggest funerals ever held in the city.

The church spokesman said on Wednesday that assurances had been sought by the church and had been given by those organising the funeral.

“I can assure you there are no paramilitary trappings,” he said. “I am told that if there is a guard of honour it will be MLAs and there are no other trappings that I am aware of. “We have asked about that and have been assured.”