Northern Ireland

Colum Eastwood moved in SDLP Stormont reshuffle

Colum Eastwood carries coffin
Image caption Mr Eastwood, a former mayor of Derry, said he acted in a personal capacity

The SDLP's Colum Eastwood has been replaced on the Stormont justice committee by the Mid-Ulster assembly member, Patsy McGlone.

Mr Eastwood was at the centre of controversy last week over his attendance at the paramilitary-style funeral of a friend.

A colour party fired shots over Seamus Coyle's coffin on Tuesday. Mr Eastwood said he was not there then.

It has emerged that party colleague, Mark H Durkan, was also at the funeral.

A party spokesperson told the BBC on Sunday that both assembly members had attended in a "personal capacity".

Last week, Mr Eastwood, a former mayor of Derry, said he would do the same thing again.

Mr Eastwood's replacement, first announced last Thursday, is part of a wider SDLP reshuffle which the party said was planned before the controversy broke over Seamus Coyle's funeral.

Mr Eastwood has replaced Mr McGlone as a member of the Committee on Standards and Privileges.

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