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Call for Saoradh to be banned from Glasgow Easter Rising commemoration

Easter commemoration held by Republican group Saoradh in Dublin on Saturday
Easter commemoration held by Republican group Saoradh in Dublin on Saturday

UUP leader Robin Swann has written to the Lord Provost of Glasgow to call for dissident republican group Saoradh to be banned from an Easter Rising commemoration in the city.

Mr Swann's call follows the murder of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry last Thursday.

Dissident republican group the New IRA admitted responsibility for the murder, Saoradh are widely believed to be their political wing.

The UUP leader called on the Lord Provost, the SNP's Eva Bolander, to take steps to prevent Saoradh from taking part in Sunday's event at Lambhill cemetery.

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

"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," the North Antrim MLA said.

“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.

The UUP leader pointed out that Saoradh's participation in a "walk of shame" during a parade in Dublin last Saturday in which they wore military garb had caused "great offence".

“This group has nothing of any value to contribute to society in any part of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland.  It is time they were closed down and put out of business for good,” he said.

The Lord Provost's office has been approached for a response to this story.

UUP leader Robin Swann
UUP leader Robin Swann

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