Sunday 18 March 2018

'Love Ulster' rally set to take place on March 28

Alan Murray

Loyalists will finalise travel arrangements this week to bring 500 protestors to the doors of the Dail.

The last Saturday in March has been earmarked for a ‘Love Ulster’ rally which republicans say they will oppose.

Organiser Willie Frazer confirmed yesterday that a fleet of buses will be booked this week to ferry bandsmen and the relatives and victims of IRA violence to Dublin including victims of the Canary Wharf bombing.

He said he had no alternative but to stage the rally in Dublin because the Department of Justice had failed to respond to requests for documents about cross border IRA killings.

“Once the buses are booked and the deposits paid, there will be no turning back”, he said.   “I rang the Department of Justice a couple of days ago and was met with indifference so they don’t seem to care about looking at the issues raised by the coroners here and providing the documents so they have left us with no alterative”.

Four bands are expected to make the trip on the 28th. March to parade along O’Connell Street to Leinster House.

Gerry Adams has appealed to republicans to allow the protest march to pass peacefully to the Dail but there are fears that the event will generate trouble similar to riots in 2006 that left 41 injured when a similar rally was staged.

Frazer has urged the Department of Justice to hand over papers held about the Kingsmill massacre to the coroner John Leckey who has asked for the Garda’s assistance in putting all the facts into the public domain.

“They haven’t handed over one document about Kingsmill or any of the other IRA atrocities carried out from the Republic.  They continue to ignore requests from the coroner’s office in Belfast for documents even though they’re taking the British government to the European Court over the Hooded Men. They need to realise that we aren’t going to go away until we find out the truth about the murders of our relatives.   All these matters have to be addressed by the Irish government”, he said.

Ten Protestant workmen were shot dead by the IRA at Kingsmill in 1976 in one of the worst sectarian outrages perpetrated by the organisation during the troubles.

Dublin City councillors will debate a motion to oppose the Love Ulster march this week.

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