Gridlock as city gears up for NI centenary service with mammoth security measures

There is an intense security presence in Armagh this morning, bringing the city to a virtual standstill.

Thursday, 21st October 2021, 9:19 am
Updated Thursday, 21st October 2021, 1:34 pm

It comes ahead of the 11am service at Armagh Anglican cathedral to mark 100 years since partition in Ireland.

The event has generated significant controversy due mainly to the decision by Irish head-of-state Michael D Higgins to snub the event, on the basis that it could be interpreted as political.

The organisers (the three main Protestant churches and the Catholic church) have promised a commemoration, not a celebration.

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The scene in Armagh this morning

Whilst both Mr Higgins and the Queen will no longer be present (the latter dropping out on health grounds), there is still a mammoth security operation in the city and motorists should be advised that traffic is moving extremely slowly and parking is limited, with some streets sealed off and an enormous number of police teams standing guard at various points.

There are also tight restrictions on media at the cathedral.

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