Daily Ireland has received a threat purporting to be from the “Catholic Reaction Force” against people participating in Orange parades. The CRF name has been used down throughout the Troubles to issue threats against Protestants. Also, it was used as a cover name by the INLA to claim the sectarian murder of three Protestants during a church service in Darkley, South Armagh in 1983.
It could be frivolous as shotgun shells, a stencil and a video camera are not the most difficult things to get or it could be a sign that the INLA wishes to use parades to bolster support. The size of the INLA’s presence at the Easter Rising Parade to Milltown was noticeably up this year.