‘Love Ulster’ march

Published in 20th-century / Contemporary History, Issue 3 (May/Jun 2006), Letters, Letters, Volume 14

Gardaí in riot gear on O’Connell Bridge, 26 February 2006. (Nick Divers)

Gardaí in riot gear on O’Connell Bridge, 26 February 2006. (Nick Divers)

Sir,

—I just bought your 1916 edition and am very impressed with thecontent. I must take exception, however, with your condemnation, inyour editorial, of people who stopped the ‘Love Ulster’ Orange marchdown O’Connell Street on 26 February. The Orange Order is a bigoted,sectarian organisation and should never have been granted permission toparade in the first place. The violence was inevitable and unfortunate,but I for one am delighted it stopped the march. If there was a ‘LoveLeinster’ parade in Portadown, Belfast or Ballymena, we’d know allabout it. The real criminals on the day were, as usual, an organisationcaught in a seventeenth-century time warp.

—Yours etc.,
PETER ATKINS

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