24 February 2006

Warning over Love Ulster parade disruption


24/02/2006 - 11:56:18

Shoppers were today warned to expect major traffic disruption in Dublin as the Love Ulster parade moves into the city.

Unionist politicians, Orangemen, loyalist bands and victims of IRA violence plan to march through Dublin city centre from midday tomorrow.

Gardai warned motorists to expect traffic disruption as the parade kicks off at 12.30pm at Parnell Square North before moving down O’Connell Street, Lower Grafton Street, Dawson Street and ending in Molesworth Street.

Officers, who will be out in force to ensure the event is not marred by disturbances, expect the parade to end at around 2pm.

Earlier this week, Foreign Affair Minister Dermot Ahern said the Government hoped the parade would pass off peacefully.

Before Tuesday’s meeting with Parades Commission chairman Roger Poole in Dublin, he said: “It’s a free country. We hope it passes off peacefully like many of the parades in Northern Ireland and doesn’t lead to difficulties for the public.”

Mr Ahern said issues surrounding all contentious parades could be resolved through patient dialogue. The minister said the vast majority of uncontested parades in the North pass off peacefully, like in Derry, which he said offers a very positive example.

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