The PSNI said yesterday they were investigating an apparently illegal parade at Ardoyne on Sunday - understood to be a parade which was part of the commemoration event for Shankill bomber Thomas Begley.
According to media reports yesterday, former republican prisoners formed a guard of honour while a colour party paraded along Ardoyne Avenue. A spokesperson for the Parades Commission told the News Letter that it was not notified of any parades related to the ‘Thomas Begley memorial ceremony’ in Ardoyne on Sunday.
“It is a matter for the PSNI to investigate if any non-notified parades took place,” he said.
Although there was a victims’ protest associated with the event, this was not a Parades Commission matter as there was no notified parade “and therefore no parade-related protest to consider,” he added.
Loyalists raised concerns on social media over the weekend that there was a heavy police presence at the peaceful victims’ protest but none at what is alleged to have been the illegal republican parade. The PSNI responded that there was “a significant policing presence in relation to both events”.
He added: “Police are investigating an unnotified procession in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast yesterday afternoon, Sunday, October 20.”
Meanwhile, the PSNI told the News Letter yesterday it had completed investigations into the IRA commemoration parade at Castlederg over the summer – where IRA victims were subjected to abuse and where paramilitary uniforms and emblems were used.
The Castlederg event was a tribute to two IRA men who died when their bomb exploded prematurely.
Police said they had interviewed two men aged 37 and 41 and submitted a file to the Public Prosecution Service.