“homecoming parade for the regiment of two soldiers shot dead at barracks in the town”

Mark neglected to mention a salient point about the Antrim Borough Council vote in favour of a homecoming parade in the autumn for the 38 Engineer Regiment, who were given the freedom of the town two years ago.

Councillors in Antrim have voted to hold a homecoming parade for the regiment of two soldiers shot dead at barracks in the town last month.

The murders, by one of those other republican paramilitary groups, took place the day before the regiment was due to leave for Afghanistan. Of course, Sinn Féin do still have certain legacy issues..

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  • Wilde Rover

    David Ford,

    “It was accepted we should pay tribute to the Royal Engineers when they return from their dangerous duties in Afghanistan.”

    I wasn’t aware Alliance was a pro-war party.

    Not so much of the rainbows and unicorns after all.

  • willowfield

    It doesn’t follow that paying tribute to a regiment of the Army means that one is “pro-war”.

  • Pancho’s Horse

    No, willowfield. But it does mean one is pro-violence ….. when it suits.

  • Greagoir O’ Franclin

    Ah let them have their parade, leave them to it. British Army life is a major part of Unionist culture. Why cause a furore?

    There will be commemerations this Easter weekend across NI for Eiri Amach na Casca 1916!

  • PACE Parent

    There will be no parade, at least not outside the barracks. If anything takes place inside no doubt the electioneering councillors in Antrim and the various denominational church leaders will grab the photo opportunities.