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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Unionist Parade Stirs Up Troubles in Dublin

This press report was published before the brawl between republicans and unionists in Dublin earlier today.

Feb. 25, 10:59:07 AM

Loyalists arriving in Dublin for ‘Love Ulster’ parade

More than 1,000 Loyalists are arriving in Dublin this morning for their planned march through the city centre.

Six Orange Order marching-bands are due to take part in the event, which will begin at the top of O'Connell Street at 12.30pm, and finish with speeches outside the Dáil.

Organisers claim they are marching to assert their cultural identity, and to protest against the Government's involvement in Northern Ireland.

However, spokesperson Willie Frazer has played down fears that the march will provoke violence, saying: “The Gardaí are more than capable of policing parades… and if there’s trouble that’ll be up to the Gardaí to deal with, and they will deal with it, irrespective of who it comes from.”


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