Module 2C – Core political and administrative decision-making in Northern Ireland
Module 2 of the UK Covid-19 public inquiry formally opened on 31st August 2022. Module 2 is spilt into separate parts to examine the UK’s overall response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Module 2C will examine the decision-making by the government in Northern Ireland in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic between January 2020 and until Covid-19 restrictions were lifted in Northern Ireland in March 2022. It will examine the decision-making of key groups and individuals within the government in Northern Ireland including the First Minister, deputy First Minister and other Ministers during the pandemic.
November 2nd 22’ – Ronan Lavery, Counsel for the Northern Ireland Bereaved Families for Justice, opened addressing the dysfunction of Northern Ireland’s government and the lack of awareness the central government had of this. Mr Lavery addressed that Northern Ireland has no NHS. Mr Lavery closed by highlighting the lack of cross-border communication between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
March 29th 23’ – Brenda Campbell, Counsel for the Northern Ireland Bereaved Families for Justice, opens emphasising the extreme importance of Module 2C to the bereaved families. Ms Campbell then looked at the frustration of requesting disclosure and the slow speed at which it was sent. Ms Campbell highlighted the lack of cross-border communication between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Ms Campbell closed by describing the importance of the grieving process to the people of Northern Ireland and the bereaved families.
December 12th 23’
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