The socialist republican party éirígí have condemned the decision to invite unionist death squad leaders to a wreath-laying ceremony in Dublin as part of the visit by the British head of state Elizabeth Windsor. They also confirmed that in response they will be organising a protest when the ceremony takes place.
Cathaoirleach éirígí Brian Leeson was responding to revelations today that five Brigadiers and a couple of dozen henchmen from the Ulster Defence Association [UDA] have received special invites to the planned wreath-laying ceremony at Islandbridge on Wednesday.
Leeson said: “This is an outrageous decision. Those organising this entire visit are intent on heaping insult after insult on the people of this city and indeed the entire country.
“These people are the leaders of the sectarian UDA/UFF death squads. They are responsible for the sustained and deliberate campaign of sectarian murders against nationalist civilians over decades throughout the Six Counties and indeed here in the Twenty-Six Counties also.
“It is bad enough that they invite Windsor, the Commander-in-Chief of the British military who, in collusion with loyalist death squads were responsible for the Dublin/Monaghan bombings. Now they want to rub salt in the wounds of the victims’ families by inviting the loyalist death squads themselves as special guests to Dublin.”
Leeson concluded: “In order to allow the people of Dublin and elsewhere the opportunity to show their disgust at the presence of these death squad leaders as special guests in our capital city, éirígí will now hold a protest at the Islandbridge ceremony on Wednesday.”
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