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Diplomat deals with protester at tribute to slain soldiers

By Brian Hutton

Published 27/05/2016

A protester is tackled by the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin Vickers, at the state event
A protester is tackled by the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin Vickers, at the state event
Members of the Royal Irish Regiment and members of the Irish defence forces hold wreaths during a State ceremony to remember the British soldiers who died during the Easter Rising at Grangegorman Military Cemetery

A Diplomat hailed a hero for shooting dead an Islamist gunman who stormed the Canadian parliament in 2014 wrestled with a protester at a military ceremony in the Republic yesterday.

Former Mountie Kevin Vickers (59) - Canada's Ambassador to Ireland - helped subdue a demonstrator who began chanting "this is an insult" at the memorial service commemorating more than 100 British soldiers killed while trying to suppress the 1916 Easter Rising.

The ambassador grabbed the protester, a man in his 40s, by his black leather jacket and forced him away, before police arrested him.

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan and British Ambassador to Ireland Dominick Chilcott laid a wreath at the ceremony.

Mr Flanagan said: "Like those that died 100 years ago, those of us participating in today's event are a diverse group of individuals with different backgrounds and beliefs.

"Such differences do not divide us and need not hinder us from reflecting upon our island's history.

"In the century since the events of 1916, we have learned the importance of mutual respect."

Mr Vickers became a household name in Canada after confronting rifle-wielding Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on October 22, 2014 during a gunfight in the building that saw a soldier killed.

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