Saturday 21 April 2018

Gilmore condemns attacks on PSNI officers

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore has called on the Orange Order to condemn the "blatant acts of sectarianism" in the parade protests in the North which have left over 30 PSNI officers injured.

He said that the attacks on police who were trying to uphold a ban on Orange Order parades through nationalist areas in Belfast were simply unacceptable.

And he said that most Orange Order members would not condone the sectarianism of recent days, such as the burning of an Irish flag or the playing of sectarian tunes outside a Catholic Church.

"But where individuals who march behind the banner of an organisation commit blatant acts of sectarianism, it is simply not acceptable for that organisation to explain or condone it - or even to ignore it. Its leaders and its members must clearly condemn it," he said.

Mr Gilmore was speaking at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin after a 40-minute meeting with Californian Governor Jerry Brown, who is here to celebrate his Irish roots during the year of the Gathering.

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