PSNI challenged over Lurgan republicans in paramilitary uniform

Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee estate to St Coleman's Cemetery. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

Republican Sinn Fein commemorative march as it makes its way from the Kilwilkee estate to St Coleman's Cemetery. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

A parade by republicans dressed in paramilitary uniform in Lurgan raises serious questions for the PSNI, a TUV representative has said.

Roy Ferguson was commenting after a number of dissident Republican Sinn Fein members marched from the Kilwilkie estate to St Coleman’s Cemetery on Saturday.

The seven-strong colour party - carrying republican flags and wearing masks - were followed to the cemetery by around 20 supporters as a police helicopter hovered overhead.

“The events on Saturday afternoon underscored once again that there are parts of Lurgan where republicans effectively do as they please, the Upper Bann TUV assembly candidate said.

“If this had been a loyal order parade the PSNI would have been present in numbers to ensure the letter of the law was observed. Yet republicans have been permitted to put on a show of strength with masked men with no arrests.

“This is a totally unacceptable state of affairs and I will be contacting the PSNI to demand an explanation as to why the terrorist show of strength was permitted to take place and how they propose to bring those involved before the courts.”

The Parades Commission website contains no record of the body being notified the parade was taking place.

Mr Ferguson added: “It was predictable that the events of this weekend would be used to glorify terrorism. I hope that Lurgan hasn’t sent the standard for the PSNI response.”

A much larger Sinn Fein parade to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising is due to take place in Lurgan on Sunday afternoon.

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