Monday, December 12, 2005


Monday Madness - Love Ulster in Dublin

I wish this was a bad joke but that doesn't seem to be the case.

A coalition of loyalist groups have announced plans to hold a march in Dublin city centre next month as part of a campaign to
oppose what they believe is a push towards a United Ireland.

The march is being organised by the Love Ulster campaign, an alliance of Orangemen, loyalist activists and the victims of IRA violence.

The group was established to oppose what it believes is the dilution of the North's links with Britain as part of a scheme to force the North into a United Ireland.

The organisers say they are in talks with the Gardaí about a route for the parade, which will probably take place towards the end of January.

I think this is absolutely outrageous. If this parade is allowed to happen in the Republic then truly this State is run by incompetent morons.

I have been wary of this Love Ulster camapign from the start as readers of United Irelander will know. You cannot help but b suspicious of a group which is so closely linked with loyalist paramilitaries who have murdered Irish civilians. Many of you will be aware of the 'love' that I have documented from Love Ulster's site. Now this group have decided to come into MY home city and protest against the desire for a United Ireland? A desire that is entirely legitimate? Disgraceful.

Article 3 of the Irish constitution states:

"It is the firm will of the Irish Nation, in harmony and friendship, to unite all the people who share the territory of the island of Ireland, in all the diversity of their identities and traditions, recognising that a united Ireland shall be brought about only by peaceful means with the consent of a majority of the people, democratically expressed, in both jurisdictions in the island. Until then, the laws enacted by the Parliament established by this Constitution shall have the like area and extent of application as the laws enacted by the Parliament that existed immediately before the coming into operation of this Constitution."

The aspiration for Irish Unity is enshrined in my country's constitution. The fact that these people intend to come into my country's capital and protest about a legitimate aspiration is, in my opinion, nothing more than an attempt to incite violence.

What we need in the island of Ireland is tolerance. I'm more than willing to tolerate those Irish people who wish to retain links to Britain but likewise they must tolerate Irish people like myself who wish to see a United Ireland.

To protest about either one of these legitimate aspirations is just plain wrong.

We shouldn't allow this parade to take place!


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