Inside the 100 year-old St Anne’s Cathedral in the heart of Belfast there was standing room only 45 minutes before the funeral of Lyra McKee was due to start.
The leader of the SDLP has confirmed he will run in the European election.
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has said there would be a special place in hell for those who call for a referendum on Irish unity without a plan.
The SDLP and Fianna Fail have issued a joint statement urging pro-remain parties across Ireland to form an alliance.
One of the SDLP’s most high profile members has resigned the party whip in protest at its partnership with Fianna Fail.
The nationalist SDLP has voted by more than two to one to back a new partnership with Ireland’s main opposition party.
A hardening of the border in Ireland will be met with a demand for a unity referendum, the Sinn Fein president has told a Brexit conference.