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The National Republican Commemoration Committee held an Easter Rising dedication parade in Coalisland on Easter Sunday amid heavy Police presence.

The National Republican Commemoration Committee held an Easter Rising dedication parade in Coalisland on Easter Sunday amid heavy Police presence.

The National Republican Commemoration Committee held an Easter Rising dedication parade in Coalisland on Easter Sunday amid heavy Police presence.

The National Republican Commemoration Committee held an Easter Rising dedication parade in Coalisland on Easter Sunday amid heavy Police presence.

The National Republican Commemoration Committee held an Easter Rising dedication parade in Coalisland on Easter Sunday amid heavy Police presence.

The National Republican Commemoration Committee held an Easter Rising dedication parade in Coalisland on Easter Sunday amid heavy Police presence.

A masked youth throws stones at police in Lurgan. Presseye

A masked youth throws stones at police in Lurgan. Presseye

A masked youth throws stones at police in Lurgan. Presseye

A masked youth throws stones at police in Lurgan. Presseye

A masked youth throws stones at police in Lurgan. Presseye

A masked youth throws stones at police in Lurgan. Presseye

The National Republican Commemoration Committee held an Easter Rising dedication parade in Coalisland on Easter Sunday amid heavy Police presence.

First Minister Arlene Foster has said she is deeply concerned over displays of masked men parading at Easter Rising demonstrations and dissident republican violence and said those responsible need put behind bars.

The DUP leader hit out after masked men took part in Easter Rising demonstrations in Lurgan and Coalisland over the weekend.

A van was also hijacked and set on fire and police attacked with petrol bombs in the republican Kilwilkie area of the Co Armagh town which hit Easter Monday's train services.

On Monday afternoon, balaclava-clad youths threw stones at police and set a wheelie bin alight in the area.

Mrs Foster said: "I've spoken with [the PSNI's] ACC Martin about the deeply concerning and illegal displays by masked men on Sunday and continued dissident violence last night.

"I want to see these people behind bars. No place for masked men in Northern Ireland.

"Police assure me that evidence has been gathered. It's clear that the Parades Commission determination has been breached."

Masked men paraded through a Co Armagh town as part of a Republican march ahead of Sunday's Easter Rising commemorations.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin, responding said: “In policing all events over the Easter weekend our over-riding desire is to ensure that commemorative occasions, parades and protests pass off lawfully and peacefully.

"Our focus, is on keeping communities safe and our job, with a few notable exceptions, has been made that much easier because of the responsible attitude of all parties concerned.

“We are however, investigating suspected breaches of Parades Commission determinations in Coalisland and un-notified processions in Ardoyne and Lurgan. We have gathered evidence at these events and will present reports to the Public Prosecution Service with a view to holding individuals accountable.”

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Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

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Pacemaker Press 26/3/2016 Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. Picture Pacemaker

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Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

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Pacemaker Press 26/3/2016 Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. Picture Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/3/2016
Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

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Pacemaker Press 26/3/2016 Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. Picture Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/3/2016
Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

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Pacemaker Press 26/3/2016 Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. Picture Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/3/2016
Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Picture Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/3/2016 Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. Picture Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/3/2016
Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Picture Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/3/2016 Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. Picture Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/3/2016
Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Picture Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/3/2016 Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. Picture Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 26/3/2016
Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

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Pacemaker Press 26/3/2016 Masked Men during a Republican Sinn Fein Parade in Lurgan on Saturday, To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. Picture Pacemaker

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Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

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Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

McBurney/Members of Republican Sinn Fein commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Pictured a members of the RSF colour party addresses crowd gathered at St Colman's Cemetery

Date: Saturday 26 March 2016
Location: Kilwilkee Estate, Lurgan
Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
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McBurney/Members of Republican Sinn Fein commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising. Pictured a members of the RSF colour party addresses crowd gathered at St Colman's Cemetery Date: Saturday 26 March 2016 Location: Kilwilkee Estate, Lurgan Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com

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McBurney/Members of Republican Sinn Fein commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Pictured members of the RSF colour party march through the streets of the Kilwilkee Estate

Date: Saturday 26 March 2016
Location: Kilwilkee Estate, Lurgan
Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney
+44 7837 685767
+44 2890 660676
liammcburney@gmail.com

McBurney/Members of Republican Sinn Fein commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising. Pictured members of the RSF colour party march through the streets of the Kilwilkee Estate Date: Saturday 26 March 2016 Location: Kilwilkee Estate, Lurgan Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

McBurney/Members of Republican Sinn Fein commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Pictured members of the RSF colour party march at St Colman's Cemetery

Date: Saturday 26 March 2016
Location: Kilwilkee Estate, Lurgan
Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney
+44 7837 685767
+44 2890 660676
liammcburney@gmail.com

McBurney/Members of Republican Sinn Fein commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising. Pictured members of the RSF colour party march at St Colman's Cemetery Date: Saturday 26 March 2016 Location: Kilwilkee Estate, Lurgan Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com

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Members of Republican Sinn Fein commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising.
Pictured members of the RSF colour party march through the streets of the Kilwilkee Estate

Members of Republican Sinn Fein commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising. Pictured members of the RSF colour party march through the streets of the Kilwilkee Estate

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

McBurney/Members of Republican Sinn Fein commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Pictured members of the RSF colour party march through the streets of the Kilwilkee Estate

Date: Saturday 26 March 2016
Location: Kilwilkee Estate, Lurgan
Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney
+44 7837 685767
+44 2890 660676
liammcburney@gmail.com

McBurney/Members of Republican Sinn Fein commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising. Pictured members of the RSF colour party march through the streets of the Kilwilkee Estate Date: Saturday 26 March 2016 Location: Kilwilkee Estate, Lurgan Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com

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McBurney/Members of Republican Sinn Fein commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Pictured a man lays a wreath at the Republican Plot of St Colman's Cemetery

Date: Saturday 26 March 2016
Location: Kilwilkee Estate, Lurgan
Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney
+44 7837 685767
+44 2890 660676
liammcburney@gmail.com

McBurney/Members of Republican Sinn Fein commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising. Pictured a man lays a wreath at the Republican Plot of St Colman's Cemetery Date: Saturday 26 March 2016 Location: Kilwilkee Estate, Lurgan Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

McBurney/Members of Republican Sinn Fein commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Pictured a members of the RSF colour party addresses crowd gathered at St Colman's Cemetery

Date: Saturday 26 March 2016
Location: Kilwilkee Estate, Lurgan
Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney
+44 7837 685767
+44 2890 660676
liammcburney@gmail.com

McBurney/Members of Republican Sinn Fein commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising. Pictured a members of the RSF colour party addresses crowd gathered at St Colman's Cemetery Date: Saturday 26 March 2016 Location: Kilwilkee Estate, Lurgan Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX Liam McBurney +44 7837 685767 +44 2890 660676 liammcburney@gmail.com

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Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast , UK - March 26, Pictured is the Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee Estate to St Colemans Cemetary on March 26, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Kevin Scott / Presseye

ACC Martin added: ”There have been numerous events across Northern Ireland so far this weekend and I am pleased that they have passed off largely successfully and without any serious incident.

"Large numbers of people have attended events, in many locations, the vast majority of whom have done so in a spirit of historical commemoration. I look forward to this continuing throughout the rest of Easter Monday.”

Earlier Lurgan councillor Carla Condell Lockhart urged those taking part and attending the town's Apprentice Boys parade to "act calm, walk proud and not fall for republican agenda to criminalise youth".

 

The Apprentice Boys of Derry are to march through the town on Easter Monday.

DUP councillor Carla Condell Lockhart writing on her Facebook page, she said: "Please be assured that the PSNI are working to ensure the parade takes off on time and remains calm!

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Carla Condell Lockhart has appealed for calm.

Carla Condell Lockhart has appealed for calm.

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Police attend a security alert in west Belfast. Pic Kevin Scott Presseye

Police attend a security alert in west Belfast. Pic Kevin Scott Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

"Our thoughts are with the individual whose van was hijacked and set alight.

"Today as we prepare to parade/watch the Apprentice Boys parade in Lurgan can I encourage everyone to remain calm ... There is a republican agenda to have us pulled into controversy and ultimately see our young people arrested and end up with criminal records."

The former Craigavon Mayor continued: "There is also the worry that someone will get badly injured ... PLEASE PLEASE refrain and think twice before doing anything rash. Remember to ALWAYS ACT WITHIN THE LAW!!!

"Walk tall and proud ... We as a community have no need to stoop to the levels of others. Our aim is for a peaceful, dignified parade aimed at honouring our forefathers."

Meanwhile, in the Falls Court area of west Belfast, police attended a report of a suspicious object, it was later declared a hoax.

And in Co Tyrone the Loughmallon Road was closed due to an elaborate hoax. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Belfast Telegraph