Eamonn McCann writes in the Irish Times that the Conditions that spawned New IRA have not gone away.
The events which were to culminate in the killing of Lyra McKee began with plans for a commemoration of the Easter Rising.
Saoradh, widely taken to be the political wing of the New IRA, had announced a march from the Creggan to the Republican plot in Derry city cemetery on Easter Monday for the traditional reading of the Proclamation, a message from the movement’s “military” leadership, a rendition of the national anthem.
If the march had gone ahead it wouldn’t have attracted a big crowd – a colour party in combat fatigues, a band piping rebel tunes, a straggle of followers, mostly young. A couple of hundred souls at most. In other circumstances, hardly anybody would have noticed.
The march would have been illegal ...
… Everybody knew there was going to be bother.
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