Sunday, 19 October 2008

RIR parade and counter parade

It is surely indicative of a deteriorating political environment when Sinn Fein lodge an application to stage a counter demonstration on the same day as the Royal Irish Regiment are due to have their ‘home-coming’ parade. Last year, during the 'Chuckle Brothers’ honeymoon period such a scenario would have been avoided at all costs. A combination of Sinn Fein’s desire to keep their supporters ‘on side’ and a worry that other Republican or Left Wing groups might fill the radical/confrontational vacuum have undoubtedly spurred Sinn Fein into action.

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