Foyle SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood has been criticised for carrying the coffin of Derry republican Seamus "Chang" Coyle, flanked by a colour party, shortly before a volley of shots was fired over it. Coyle had been a member of the Official IRA and the INLA. The shots were not fired by the INLA, who have decomissioned, but by another republican grouping. Their offer apparently reflected the high standing of Coyle in republican circles in the city.
Eastwood has stood his ground on the matter saying that, despite political differences, Coyle was a personal friend and that he was obliged to pay his respects.