Thursday 8 December 2016

Republicans in full military uniform lead Dublin march

Sam Griffin

Published 15/06/2015 | 02:30

The Irish Republican Socialist Party gather with full military to march to Bornabreena cemetery in Commemorating John Morris who was a former member of the INLA
The Irish Republican Socialist Party gather with full military to march to Bornabreena cemetery in Commemorating John Morris who was a former member of the INLA
Tribute to John Morris by IRSP

Two convicted INLA members took part in a republican commemorative march down a busy south Dublin road.

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The march, which began at the Old Mill Pub and concluded at Bohernabreena cemetery in Tallaght, was by the group called the Irish Republican Socialist Party - considered the political wing of the illegal Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) organisation.

The procession was led by eight men dressed in full military attire with berets and dark sunglasses. Their faces were also partially covered.

They carried flags and banners as part of the procession which caused some traffic disruption.

It was part of a commemoration for former INLA member John Morris, who was shot dead by armed gardaí while taking part in an attempted robbery of a premises in 1997.

The march, which began at around 2pm yesterday, was made up of around 60 people including women and children,

Among the cortege was Paul 'Jaws' Kelly, who was jailed for four years in 2008 after he rammed a garda car with a vehicle, inside of which there were bomber jackets with 'Republican Socialist Movement Dundalk' printed on the back.

He also admitted to being a member of the INLA.

Also spotted at the commemoration was another INLA member, Thomas Kelly, who was convicted for handing a Glock pistol and 50 rounds of ammunition.

The procession continued to the grave of John Morris at Bohernabreena cemetery where a wreath was laid and a member of the organisation gave an address.

He said Morris's death was an act of "cold-blooded murder" and he called on those gathered to "follow his example" and to continue to oppose austerity and water charges.

The slain INLA member's family took part in the march and placed a card on his grave.

Plain-clothes gardaí were present and took the names and addresses of many of those in attendance before the march got underway.

Irish Independent

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