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Ban Saoradh from parade in Glasgow, urges Swann

Gareth Cross

By Gareth Cross

Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann has called for dissident republican group Saoradh to be banned from an Easter Rising commemoration in Glasgow.

Mr Swann made the request in a letter to Glasgow's Lord Provost, the city's civic figurehead.

It follows the murder of Lyra McKee last Thursday night.

The New IRA admitted responsibility for the killing.

Saoradh is the terror group's political wing.

Mr Swann urged Eva Bolander to take steps to prevent Saoradh from participating in tomorrow's event at Lambhill cemetery.

He accused Saoradh of planning to "take their politics of hate" to Scotland for the event and accused it of having "blood on their hands" following Ms McKee's murder.

He said: "Saoradh are beyond the pale and that their presence on the streets of Glasgow, accompanied by military style uniforms, would be deeply offensive and insulting to many people, not least those who have lost loved ones due to the actions of terrorists. I have therefore urged the Lord Provost to use her influence to prevent Saoradh from participating in any event in Glasgow both this weekend and in the future," he added.

Mr Swann said Saoradh's participation in a "walk of shame" during a parade in Dublin last Saturday had caused "great offence".

The Lord Provost's office was approached for a response.

Saoradh's main profiles on both Twitter and Facebook have been suspended, and the Twitter profile of one of its national executive members appears to have been deleted.

A Twitter spokesman said: "We have clear terms of service in place which we enforce when violations are identified."

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