Ulster comes to Leinster House

The Unionist march in Dublin this morning will call on the Republic’s government to instigate an inquiry into the actions of several ministers regard their attempts to arm what existed of the IRA in the early part of the Troubles.Danny Kennedy:

“We will be there in peaceful protest in recognition of the innocent victims on both sides of the border and we will be very critical of republicans for the part that they have played,” he said. “Republicans have brought misery north and south of the border and then attempted to airbrush that out of history. “We will be calling for a full, independent, international inquiry into the role of the Irish Government at the time that led to the arming of the Provisional IRA.”

  • tommy tookamota

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  • tommy tookamota

    ha ha….theyre getting it now

  • Pete Baker

    According to RTÉ, there is some trouble ahead of the march

    About 200 protesters, who are trying to stop the march from proceeding along the route, have turned on gardai, throwing bricks, traffic cones and fireworks.

    It is reported that two gardaí have sustained head wounds as a result. Up to 40 extra gardaí in riot gear have been called in, in a bid to quell the disturbances.

  • Henry94

    What the marchers and the protesters have in common is that they are both supporting partition. The protesters are just too thick to realise it.

  • TAFKABO

    Concise and to the point as ever, Henry.

  • Gerry Lvs Castro

    Sounds like the march is off and the coaches are on their way home following their cead mile failte (I knew my three words of Irish would come in useful one day).
    An absolute gift for Loyalism and Unionism of course — this one will rumble on for months.
    Pre-empting wee Jeffrey on Talkback on Monday:

    ‘They say we’re Irish but won’t let us parade peacefully’.
    ‘Sinn Fein get a huge march complete with replica firearms but we can’t get a foot on the street.’
    ‘Try to highlight republican murders and you get a brick in the teeth.’
    ‘These supposed citizens of Ireland have no problems attacking their own police force not to mention landing a journalist in hospital.’
    ‘Now Dubliners can see the thuggish reality of Republicanism.’
    ‘The lesson of this travesty is that partition works.’

  • Yes H94 & TAF
    It would be better for the southerners to hand out shamrocks, or something to the visitors.
    What was the old phrase?
    Give flowers to the anarchist poets 😉

  • TAFKABO

    Dublin Says No !

  • Brian Boru

    As a constitutional republican I condemn these attacks on the Gardai. I note that no marchers were injured in the fracas. These ‘republican protesters’ do not represent me or even a signficant number of Irish people. They are members of Republican SF (a splinter group from SF). They have no councillors and no TD’s. As such, they have no support for them or their actions down here.

    However, I would question the wisdom of the Gardai and the organisers in terms of the route, especially given all the building that is going on in O’Connell street. The missiles used today seem to have largely come from those building-sites. They were not thrown at the marchers, but at Gardai and journalists, and I condemn these so-called ‘republican protesters’. No doubt Willie will use this to portray the South as a ‘cold house for Protestants’, even though a parade at Rossnowlagh happens every year with no trouble, and we have a growing Protestant population as the 2002 and this year’s census will show.

  • headmelter

    “They say we’re Irish but won’t let us parade peacefully’.
    ‘Sinn Fein get a huge march complete with replica firearms but we can’t get a foot on the street.’
    ‘Try to highlight republican murders and you get a brick in the teeth.’
    ‘These supposed citizens of Ireland have no problems attacking their own police force not to mention landing a journalist in hospital.’
    ‘Now Dubliners can see the thuggish reality of Republicanism.’
    ‘The lesson of this travesty is that partition works.’ ”

    Can’t remember wee Jeffrey saying similar things like this prior to or after the Whiterock parade, funny that isn’t it?

    Although nothing can excuse the morons from disrupting the march, they have played right into fraziers hands and give him something ‘justified’ to moan about.

  • aquifer

    ‘attempts to arm what existed of the IRA’

    Attempts? I think guns moved, did they not.

    And whoever was involved chose their champions when directing who would receive them, the traditionalist proto Provos rather than the socialist Officials, whose anti-sectarian class unity theories could have either hampered their fighting abilities or challenged the economic status quo on the island.

  • Keith M

    “What the marchers and the protesters have in common is that they are both supporting partition. The protesters are just too thick to realise it.”

    Very true,, you can put that “united Ireland” idea back another hundred years after today.

  • Brian Boru

    According to TV3 news, some of the LU crowd did manage to get to Leinster House and leave a letter in.

  • IJP

    Excellent point, Henry.