A republican group has described Army cadets – some as young as 12 – who were rescued from the Mournes this week as “British terrorists in training”.
The astonishing claim was made on social media by Anti Imperialist Action Ireland – the same group responsible for forcing a British Legion band to call off a fundraising concert in Co Limerick this week.
Seventeen children had to be stretchered off the Mourne Mountains on Wednesday, after a group of 70 Army cadets from England became stranded amid lashing rain and low-lying cloud.
In a Facebook post, the socialist republican movement said events on the Mournes “highlight that the Brits continue to use Ireland to train their killers”.
It added: “Ireland is not a playground for British terrorists in training.”