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UK Covid inquiry: Investigation over 'missing' notes from 2020 NI Executive meeting

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An investigation has been ordered after it emerged there were "missing" notes from a key meeting of the Stormont Executive. The handwritten notes related to a meeting of the Executive on 2 July 2020, which was the first meeting of ministers after the funeral of senior Republican Bobby Storey.

The funeral sparked political controversy after then deputy first minister Michelle O'Neill and other Sinn Féin ministers attended, despite lockdown restrictions limiting gatherings.

The UK Covid-19 Inquiry had previously been told the notes were not held. At the start of today's hearings, lead counsel for the inquiry Clair Dobbin KC, said they had been informed by the Executive Office (TEO) that the notes had been located.

Inquiry chairwoman Baroness Heather Hallett said she was "very concerned" about what she had heard, and would consider whether her team will pursue it further. "It's not a very happy picture," she added.

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