23 February 2006

Love Ulster Dublin parade concern

Belfast Telegraph

By Michael McHugh
23 February 2006

There were appeals for calm today after it emerged that hardline republicans are to hold a protest against a loyalist parade through Dublin this weekend.

The counter demonstration, organised by pro-dissident Republican Sinn Fein, coincides with Saturday's parade and rally by loyalist Love Ulster campaigners.

While gardai and event organisers say that they are not expecting any trouble, the presence of organised republicans and loyalists in the city centre has raised concerns.

Willie Frazer from victims' group FAIR is organising the Love Ulster demonstration, which features speakers Jeffrey Donaldson, Arlene Foster and Danny Kennedy, and he said he expected it to be peaceful.

"The parade leaves Parnell Square at 12.30pm and will make its way along O'Connell Street to Leinster House and we will be holding a rally there," he said.

"We don't believe that there will be any bother from the people of Dublin."

His group is also due to meet with Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell and Dublin and Monaghan bombings victims' group Relatives for Justice has sent a letter of protest to the minister.

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