March called off after violent clashes with Gardai

As both the BBC and RTÉ report, the march in Dublin, organised by Willie Frazer and FAIR, has been called off after a counter-demonstration by Republican Sinn Féin descended into violent confrontation with Gardai officers, the BBC report that journalists were also attacked. Irish blogs cover it too, with some photos at the Dossing Times – lifting an image from the Dublin traffic cameras site – and Back Seat Driver Dick O’Brien provides an eye-witness account

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  • Ultonian Scottis American

    Ultonian Scottis American said…

    With this “name” cock-up, I feel like I’m in a Noel Coward farce.

  • Realist

    Sean McL

    “The march was orcharstrated by an anti-Catholic man for an anti_Catholic agenda”

    No it wasn’t.

    “Shouldn’t have turned on the Gardai though, should have waited on the b*****ds marchin and got into them!”

    Yes, good idea…fight sectarian bigotry with sectarian bigotry, and before you know it, a “United” Ireland becomes a fantasy.

  • neill armstrong

    I have a lot of sympathy with the good people of Dublin tonite,and i hope the gardai and the injured journalist will be ok.
    I believe the ordinary people of dublin would have turned a blind eye to this parade and would have let them have their parade in peace.

  • gerryandthepersuaders

    ultonian did i just read a republican calling for interment

  • Ultonian Scottis American

    Ultonian Scottis American said…

    Gerry and the Persuaders:

    Not unless Gerry “There is only one IRA” Adams has pulled off a Coup d’État in RoI.

  • Brian Boru

    “I suspect this whole (non) event means damn all to those outside Slugger and its near-rival JOBLOG. 🙂 C4 mentioned several senior Unionist politicians, anyone know who other than Jeffrey were intending to participate?”

    Danny Kennedy of the UUP.

    Brian Boru

  • Irish Aussie

    Fancy being out manoeuvered by Willie Frazier,
    how stupid can you get.If this is an example of the strategic genius behind RSP little wonder they barely register at the polls

  • HolyGhost

    FYU,

    “So far the majority of the above comments are prime examples of why slugger has now reached this stage were many past unionist posters now dont bother anymore…”

    There are still many unionist posters, who often argue their point very well, then there were ones that didn’t and now don’t at all. ATW is a much more comfortable place for them to be.

  • eyes wide open

    edited – Moderator is it now time for the orange and white to be romoved from our national flag , white for surrender[never] orange a scetarian orginisation set up by the brits to subdue the irish, big gerry is bound to be upset,this sets his chances of becoming the next president back a bit ,

  • our flo

    if fraiser and co had been allowed to coat trail down o Connell street I think the little country mixer would be demanding that he be allowed on the Garvaghy rd ,Whiterock, and Ormeau rd not to mention he probably would have tried to march in Dublin on easter Sunday, someone needed to tell these wasters where to go

  • Realist

    “is it now time for the orange and white to be romoved from our national flag”

    It most certainly is. I would urde all unionists to lobby their elected representatives to ask for this to be brough about.

    The notion of the ROI tricolor is a pathetic joke.

    Irish nationalism/republicanism cannot handle a Unionist/Loyalist/British (even tho they are also Irish)/ Protestant about the place.

    All cultures welcome, except that of fellow Irishmen who happen not to subscribe to the myopic view of traditional “Irishness”.

  • Bemused

    e-mail should read –

    s a o i r s e @ i o l . i e

  • Southern Observer

    I don’t base my assessment of the generality of unionists and unionism on the Holy Cross urine-slingers.I think similar courtesy should be afforded.

  • Southern Observer

    I don’t base my assessment of the generality of unionists and unionism on the Holy Cross urine-slingers.I think similar courtesy should be afforded.,
    Southern Observer

  • Belfast Gonzo

    I saw a couple of black flags in the crowd, so presumably there was an anarchist contingent there too. I wonder how the cause of anti-capitalism was furthered by the smashing up of a few shop windows, when all anyone remembers is what the republican rioters did?

    Gonzo

  • “People like Brian Boru who take every chance to mention Rossnowla really do annoy me, rossnowla is 1 exception in th Republic- mainly because its in a protestant area and the actual village is more of a caravan park with many of the tourists being Northern Protestants!”

    Actually I think it’s a Catholic area.

    You think wrong then

  • Brian Boru

    “Irish nationalism/republicanism cannot handle a Unionist/Loyalist/British (even tho they are also Irish)/ Protestant about the place.

    All cultures welcome, except that of fellow Irishmen who happen not to subscribe to the myopic view of traditional “Irishness”

    That is so much rubbish. Catholics and Protestants live in peace down here, notwithstanding the disgraceful actions of a tiny minority in Dublin. We haven’t spent 30 years killing each other.

  • Realist

    Brian Boru,

    “Catholics and Protestants live in peace down here, notwithstanding the disgraceful actions of a tiny minority in Dublin. We haven’t spent 30 years killing each other.”

    You are obsessed with this bogus Protestant/Catholic thing.

    The conflict is about nationality and identity…not two slightly different strands of the same religion.

    The ROI harbours a deep hatred of unionism and unionists.

    “We haven’t spent 30 years killing each other”

    How very revealing. Nationalism/Republicanism is never done telling us that the problem is Ireland’s problem.

    Now, when the truth reveals itself, the “we” becomes a different matter.

    PS: Most Catholics & Protestants live very happily together in Northern Ireland. I certainly hope that my next door neighbours (of a different religious denomination to my family, in the adjoining semi) are not intent on killing us. They have never hinted at it when we socialise together.

  • Very well put Realist, its time Brian Boru learnt to accept reality

  • Brian Boru

    “The ROI harbours a deep hatred of unionism and unionists.”

    Rubbish. We take a different view from Unionism on the constitutional question, but hatred is the preserve of a tiny group of people. But then Unionism can’t resist tarring Catholics with one brush, as seen in the 50 years of one-party rule in Belfast when Brookeborough was telling Unionists “not to employ Roman Catholics 95% of whom are disloyal”, and when the highest position the minority community got was as Attorney-General and only once. We have had Protestant Finance Ministers, Agriculture Ministers, Presidents etc. I think our record on treatment of non-Catholics has been exemplary.

    “PS: Most Catholics & Protestants live very happily together in Northern Ireland. I certainly hope that my next door neighbours (of a different religious denomination to my family, in the adjoining semi) are not intent on killing us. They have never hinted at it when we socialise together. ”

    Then why are you so keen to overgeneralise with respect to Southern attitudes? May I add that mob violence is still vastly more common in the Six Counties than in the South. Dublin was the exception that proves the rule.

  • Realist

    Brian Boru,

    With respect, you obviously missed the bit where I said:

    “The conflict is about nationality and identity…not two slightly different strands of the same religion”

    Let me put it simply for you…in common with most of my unionist friends, I don’t give a flying one what religion, if any, a person is.

    You are obsessed with this Protestant/Catholic thing.

  • Brian Boru

    I also don’t care what religion someone is, which is why I am emphasising that neither does the Republic.

  • Realist

    “I also don’t care what religion someone is, which is why I am emphasising that neither does the Republic”

    Brian Boru,

    Good.

    I’ll rephrase my original assertion for you then.

    Irish nationalism/republicanism cannot handle a Unionist/Loyalist/British Northern Irish person about the place.

    Now, would you care to deal with that?

    PS: Not that I really care, but does your State not harbour a special place for the Roman Catholic Church in it’s Constitution?

  • Tochais Siorai

    No, Realist – special position of catholic church in Irish constitution gone since 1972 by a large majority in a referendum.

  • Daniel

    As a foreigner living here for more than 1 1/2 years I can’t understand one thing:
    – I knew about the march last Saturday. For over a week. I had the feeling it was totaly absurd to have this march go on.
    – I was warned by my collegue by e-mail last Thursday. He heared from a taxi-driver there will be a lot of trouble in the city centre and he was warned not to go there this Saturday.

    How can the Gardaí and the politicians have missed this so badly?
    There had to be a lot more signals to pick this up as a riot much earlier.

    I don’t know if it was mostly Northern people that came rioting here. From what I’ve read in the paper, there where a lot of 14 year olds.
    If this is an example of the new generation, there is never going to be one goverment on this island for the next 70 years.

    Daniel

  • barnshee

    Don`t you just love it!!
    This is what the norhern prod has had to put up with for 30 -50- 100 years.
    so sombody shit on their own doorstep
    don`t you just love it.

    (it was all the marchers fault coming down here with their proddy ways polluting the noble home of er murdering republicans)
    A few more “parades” and Dublin will disappear from the tourist map- keep up the good work lads