We have been gathering evidence on republican parades: PSNI

Dissident republicans parade in Coalisland
Dissident republicans parade in Coalisland

The PSNI have assured the public that they are investigating suspected breaches of parading rules by republican bands.

It follows a weekend of parades marking 100 years since the 1916 Easter Rising.

Police said that officers are looking into possible breaches of Parades Commission rulings, as well as failures to notify the commission that parades were due to take place.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said: “In policing all events over the Easter weekend our over-riding desire is to ensure that commemorative occasions, parades and protests pass off lawfully and peacefully.

“Our focus, is on keeping communities safe and our job, with a few notable exceptions, has been made that much easier because of the responsible attitude of all parties concerned.

“We are however, investigating suspected breaches of Parades Commission determinations in Coalisland and un-notified processions in Ardoyne and Lurgan.

“We have gathered evidence at these events and will present reports to the Public Prosecution Service with a view to holding individuals accountable.

”There have been numerous events across Northern Ireland so far this weekend and I am pleased that they have passed off largely successfully and without any serious incident.

“Large numbers of people have attended events, in many locations, the vast majority of whom have done so in a spirit of historical commemoration.

“I look forward to this continuing throughout the rest of Easter Monday.”

He was speaking the same afternoon that trouble unfolded in Londonderry at a dissident rally in the city.