Loyalists angry over ‘paramilitary’ republican band event

A poster advertising a previous memorial event for IRA member Julie Dougan in Portadown

A poster advertising a previous memorial event for IRA member Julie Dougan in Portadown

Loyalists have organised a protest against a republican parade due to pass through Carlisle Circus in north Belfast this Sunday.

A number of people circulated images of a band on Twitter – claiming the ‘Volunteer Julie Dougan’ republican flute band had been permitted to take part in the parade despite being “paramilitary uniformed”.

Three republican bands are expected to take part in the event which has been organised by the North Belfast 1916 Easter Rising Centenary Committee. The parade is due to assemble at Ardoyne Avenue before making its way past Carrick Hill to Stanhope Street.

United Protestant Voice will hold a protest close to Carlisle Circus.