Saoradh defend holding a march in Cork on Easter Sunday

Saoradh defend holding a march in Cork on Easter Sunday
Members of the Cork branch of Saoradh seen marching up the Bandon Road marking the anniversary of the Easter Rising. Picture: Howard Crowdy

The Saoradh group have defended their march through Cork on Easter Sunday.

Up to 20 members of the self-styled revolutionary party marched up the Bandon Road wearing military uniforms including sunglasses, berets and gloves to commemorate the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

The march and a similar one in Dublin came just days after investigative journalist Lyra McKee was shot and killed during riots in Derry.

Speaking to The Echo, a spokesperson for Saoradh Munster said their parade took “months and months” of planning and it was not something that would have been cancelled.

Friends of Lyra McKee protested yesterday outside the Derry headquarters of Saoradh by putting red handprints on the walls.

The marches have been condemned publicly, with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, among others, saying they should apologise.

“The right to assemble and march was won by the men and women of 1916 who fought for freedom and the democracy we have today.

“This weekend they dishonoured their legacy and memory. It was an insult to the Irish people.”

Calls have also been made for such military-style displays to be banned.

However, the Saoradh spokesperson rejected the suggestion of cancelling the parade in Cork.

“The same day there were two marches before it and after it, all in military uniforms and the papers were all over us because we marched,” said the spokesperson.

In relation to the death of Lyra McKee in Derry last week, the spokesperson said: “We don’t condone it and whoever did do it should come out and apologise either privately or publicly for it because the death of an innocent person is not condoned in any way.”

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