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Sunday 17 December 2017

Gilmore disgusted by Real IRA comments

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore: Disgusted by the latest Real IRA threats. Photo: Damien Eagers
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore: Disgusted by the latest Real IRA threats. Photo: Damien Eagers
The Real IRA has opposed Queen Elizabeth's first visit to the Republic of Ireland
The rally was reported to have been organised by the 32 County Sovereignty Movement
Members of the Real IRA parade during an Easter Rising commemoration in Londonderry

Michael McHugh

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has said he was absolutely disgusted by Real IRA comments threatening to kill police officers, declaring Queen Elizabeth's first visit to the Republic an "insult" and claiming the British Queen was guilty of war crimes.

Her said: "I think the sight of somebody appearing in a mask and menacingly threatening Catholics, who joined the PSNI, nationalists who joined the PSNI, that they would be killed, threatening the governments and threatening the people of this country, that belongs to the past and that is the past," he said.

Mr Gilmore, who was meeting Irish-American Congressman Richard Neal in Dublin, said dissidents had no support, north or south.

"They have no mandate," he said. "The arrangements in this country have been settled by the Good Friday Agreement, been voted on by the people of this country and nobody has any right to challenge that in the way that these people are doing. The Government is absolutely determined that they will not succeed."

Mr Gilmore said the threats were menacing and had no place in the Ireland of today and that the gardai were working closely with the PSNI.

The Tanaiste welcomed an offer by Derry Catholic priest Father Michael Canny to meet and talk with dissidents.

"If there is anybody who can persuade these people away from the path that they are on and the threats that they are making, then certainly I would welcome that. And I would hope that that would be helpful."

The Real IRA made the comments at a rally organised by the 32 County Sovereignty Movement to mark the anniversary of the Easter Rising.

In a statement, a masked member of the Real IRA told a crowd in a Derry cemetery: "Oglaigh na hEireann (the IRA) urge all self-respecting Irishmen and women to resist the upcoming insult that is the visit of a British monarch to Irish soil, the criminal free state government invite is not on behalf of the Irish people but to further the selfish interests of a self-serving elite.

"Despite the best efforts of the media, big business, and other power blocks to portray this visit as acceptable we clearly state that the Irish people will not capitulate.

"The Queen of England is wanted for war crimes in Ireland and not wanted on Irish soil. we will do our best to ensure she and the gombeen class that act as her cheerleaders get that message."

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