Real IRA hint at upsurge in violence at Derry commemoration

A member of the Real IRA yesterday hinted at an upsurge in the republican paramilitary group’s campaign of violence.

Dressed in a paramilitary uniform and wearing a scarf and black beret as well as sunglasses to conceal his identity, the Real IRA man emerged from a crowd of several hundred people during a 32-County Sovereignty Movement Easter Monday rally in Derry’s city cemetery.

He was loudly applauded when he said: “Our actions this year will be louder than a thousand words, beir bua.”

Meanwhile, A DUP MLA wants dissident republican rallies banned after yesterdays Easter Monday commemoration in Derry.

DUP Policing Board member Tom Buchanan called for stronger PSNI action.

Mr Buchanan said he intended to submit a series of questions over the PSNI’s handling of dissident rallies at the next Policing Board meeting.