Wednesday 13 November 2019

Republican Sinn Fein march on 'eve of All-Ireland rally'

Supporters of Republican Sinn Fein, including a flag- carrying "colour party" featuring men women and young boys in paramilitary-style garb, participated in a rally outside the GPO yesterday.

The group, numbering about 70 which included a drum band, had marched from the Garden of Remembrance for the annual "eve of the All-Ireland rally" and included a protest about the treatment of Republican prisoners and "political hostages" at Maghaberry Jail in Antrim.

Earlier this month Justice Minister Alan Shatter described as 'reprehensible and absolutely unacceptable' the paramilitary display that took place at the funeral of Real IRA member Alan Ryan.

Men and women dressed in paramilitary-style uniforms attended the funeral.

Speakers included Republican Sinn Fein President Des Dalton, Vice President Fergal Moore and Roisin Hayden, who called for the release of long-term republican prisoner Martin Corey.

Dalton accused the GAA of "subverting" the principles of its founders by dropping the Section 21 ban on members of the PSNI and British Army from playing the sport, allowing "foreign" games to be played in Croke Park and allowing the Sam Maguire to be put on display in Stormont, "the institution that is a block on Irish unity".

Sunday Independent

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