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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Gardai set for talks on Love Ulster march

Willie Frazer
Willie Frazer

LOYALIST activist Willie Frazer is to meet gardai again this week as he ploughs ahead with plans for a controversial Love Ulster march in Dublin later this month.

City councillors are due to vote tonight on a motion opposing the demonstration, after a similar rally descended into violence in 2006.

The last Love Ulster march saw 14 people hospitalised and a further 41 arrested as thugs protesting against the loyalist's presence in the city caused mayhem on O'Connell Street.

Gardai last night vowed to target anyone causing trouble at the upcoming rally, set for Saturday March 28.

A spokesman said they would "target any breaches of the peace and criminal activity".

"It is the policy of An Garda Siochana to seek the co-operation of those involved in organising peaceful protests and demonstrations to ensure the safety of all.

"In advance of such events local garda management meet and communicate with event organisers on an ongoing basis. The details of such meetings and communications are not released for operational reasons," said a spokesman.

He added that the main objective was to "facilitate a peaceful protest".

Justice

Mr Frazer, who represents Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (Fair), said that he would bring approximately 200 people to Dublin to march on Leinster House, to demand justice for people killed by the IRA around the border areas during the Troubles.

He is due to meet gardai again on Wednesday.

Fianna Fail councillor Jim O'Callaghan's motion opposing the march is on Dublin City Council's agenda tonight, having been pushed back from last month's meeting after that session ran out of time.

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