Fergus Black welcomes the second Love Ulster march as a rare opportunity for Dublin show affection for its northern neighbours by simply letting them walk through the centre of town.
WE never were given the chance to embrace, let alone love Ulster last year. Never given the opportunity to allow unionist victims of the Troubles have their say. Never even allowed to appreciate the sights and sounds of a good Northern marching band beating its way through the capital. Instead, intolerance and thuggery raised their ugly heads. With everyone caught on the hop Dublin was treated to the some of the worst rioting the city has witnessed as counter-demonstrators went on the rampage.
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