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The colour party marches along O’Connell Street during the Saoradh Easter Commemoration in Dublin

Eilis O'Hanlon: Why it is just one short, perilous step from 'understanding' dissident violence to defending or excusing it 

It didn’t take long for Lyra McKee to be forgotten by the only people with the callousness to justify her murder. It was Saoradh — cheerleaders for dissident republican group the New IRA that is believed to be responsible for the shooting in Derry — which said, within hours of her death, that blame for the young journalist’s killing lay with “British Crown Forces”. It was the same Saoardh who, less than 48 hours later, was marching down Dublin’s main thoroughfare to mark the Easter Rising under flags and banners celebrating paramilitarism.

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