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Prosecutors take action over parade

Prosecutors are to take action against one person over a controversial republican parade commemorating two IRA bombers, it has been confirmed.

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) said it had decided to instigate criminal proceedings after reviewing evidence relating to last summer's march through Castlederg, Co Tyrone.

Michael Agnew, Assistant Director of the PPS said: "T here is sufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction of one individual for an offence of failing to comply with a condition of the Parades Commission determination."

Gerard McGlynn, 18, and Seamus Harvey, 22, died when the device they planned to detonate in Castlederg - one of Northern Ireland's most bombed towns - exploded prematurely.

They were among the IRA men, killed during the Troubles, being recognised by several hundred bandsmen and republican supporters who took part in the Tyrone Volunteers Day Parade last August.

Unionists branded the event a glorification of terrorism and hundreds of protesters, including some family members of IRA murder victims, staged a counter-demonstration.

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers led calls for the contentious march to be cancelled.

Mr Agnew said the PPS review, announced in April, had uncovered new evidence.

He added: "Having carefully considered all of the evidence, including the new evidence obtained in the course of the review, the Test for Prosecution was applied and a fresh decision was taken.

"It was concluded that there is sufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction of one individual for an offence of failing to comply with a condition of the Parades Commission determination, contrary to section eight of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 and that a prosecution would be in the public interest.

"Accordingly, we have now issued proceedings in respect of this offence."

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