Calling for a time of healing in the town, Francis McIlveen has invited Ian Paisley to attend the funeral saying:
“”I would like him to be there. He was the first one to ring me at the hospital. He is the MP for the area and, to me, he has the right to be there.It doesn’t matter what anybody else says, it is what we want.”
The invite came on the same day five were charged with Michael’s murder.