Families of people killed by British soldiers during the Troubles have urged the Army to call off a contentious parade for troops returning from Afghanistan.
Fears are mounting that Sunday’s homecoming event for Royal Irish Regiment in Belfast could be a potential flashpoint with both Sinn Fein and anti-peace process republicans organising separate protest marches.
Clara Reilly, of the United Campaign Against Plastic Bullets, a group representing relatives of those killed and injured by the weapon, said the event should be held in private. “It should be a dignified civic reception or church service. Holding a march through the city centre is insensitive, divisive and indeed sectarian,” she added.