Friday 23 February 2018

Willie Frazer threatens further 'Love Ulster' rallies as Gerry Adams appeals to republicans to stay away from march next month

A Garda stands by a burning car on Nassau St. during riots following a Love Ulster march in Dublin in 2006
A Garda stands by a burning car on Nassau St. during riots following a Love Ulster march in Dublin in 2006
Rioting in O'Connell Street which stopped the planned Love Ulster March through the city in 2006

Alan Murray

Unionist Willie Frazer is threatening to stage ‘Love Ulster’ rallies in Dublin until the Department of Justice begins handing over secret papers on the Kingsmill massacre and other cross border atrocities.

The south Armagh victims’ campaigner is organising a protest march in Dublin next month to highlight the government’s failure to supply Garda and intelligence service documents to Northern Ireland’s senior coroner John Leckey.

A republican group has threatened to oppose the planned protest in O’Connell Street but Gerry Adams has appealed to republicans to stay away.

In 2006 the first Love Ulster rally led to serious rioting in the capital leaving 41 people injured and 14 arrested.  Gerry Adams said he disagreed with Frazer but said that Unionists were entitled to demonstrate in O’Connell Street.  But Frazer upped the tension yesterday by promising to continue to hold protest marches in Dublin until the Government begins handing over papers to John Leckey who has made a number of requests to the Garda for help in exploring the circumstances of the 1976 attack.

“They still 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.   On Friday morning I received papers from the coroner’s office that adds to my suspicions that my father’s Hillman Avenger car which the IRA stole when they murdered him was used in the Kingsmill massacre.

Rioting in O'Connell Street which stopped the planned Love Ulster March through the city in 2006
Rioting in O'Connell Street which stopped the planned Love Ulster March through the city in 2006

“It was being driven around Dundalk by the IRA as a ‘staff car’ but the Garda did nothing about that.   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 in a fortnight’s time.

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