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More Real IRA arrests 'expected'


Owen Paterson said he was confident the PSNI would bring further charges

Owen Paterson said he was confident the PSNI would bring further charges

Owen Paterson said he was confident the PSNI would bring further charges

Police in Northern Ireland expect to make more arrests after a Real IRA rally in a cemetery, the Government has said.

Scores of republicans were pictured listening to a statement by a masked man organised by the 32 County Sovereignty Movement - seen as the Real IRA's political wing - in Londonderry on Easter Sunday.

Video footage from the City Cemetery showed the Real IRA declaring police officers would be targeted "regardless of their religion, cultural background or motivation".

Veteran nationalist Marian Price - also known as Marian McGlinchey and dubbed the "Old Bailey bomber" after she was convicted of a 1973 bombing outside the London courthouse in which one person was killed and almost 200 others injured - was quizzed by officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

She was later charged with encouraging support for an illegal organisation and her licence was revoked, sending her back to prison.

Price is accused of addressing a meeting encouraging support for a proscribed organisation, the IRA, by holding the piece of paper from which the balaclava-clad spokesman read.

Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson told MPs: "The police investigation into those shocking scenes at Easter took its course and charges were laid against Marian McGlinchey. I took the decision to revoke her licence as she was charged under the Terrorism Act.

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"I spoke to the chief constable this morning. Police investigations continue and I am confident the PSNI will bring further charges forward when they have sufficient evidence."

The Democratic Unionist Party's Ian Paisley, MP for North Antrim, welcomed the decision to revoke Price's licence and expressed concern that magistrates originally granted her bail after her first court appearance.

He said: "What sort of message does that send out by our courts of the softly-softly approach they seem to have when it comes to confronting dissident republican terrorists?"

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