Here is a news item of Celtic interest.
NATIONALIST OUTRAGE AT RUC CHIEF'S DRUMCREE REMARKS
1998-06-21 13:20:00 EST
Dublin's Sunday Tribune reported today that RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary)
Chief Constable, Ronnie Flanagan has said that he will allow Portadown
Orangemen to march through the Nationalist Garvaghy Road area next month if
Loyalists repeat threats to mass thousands of supporters to force the parade
through. The RUC chief made his remarks in an interview given to Los
Angleles-based freelance journalist T.L. Thousand.
Another part of the interview quotes Orange Order hardline Spirit of Drumcree
leader, Joel Patton saying that the riots of Drumcree 1996 would be nothing
compared to what Orangemen
were prepared to do to ensure a successful parade this year. The transcript
Q - "So, if the Parades Commission rules against the Orange Order with respect
to marching down Garvaghy Road, and if the Spirit of Drumcree masses thousands
there again, threatening to use - as they have said on record they would -
whatever means necessary to force the march down, will the RUC let them
FLANAGAN - "Absolutely".
The Garvaghy Road Residents group reacted angrily to the remarks. "Is Ronnie
Flanagan saying this time round he is not going to uphold the law fairly,
equally and justly but is going to cave in to threats from the Orange Order to
Nationalists in Portadown?", asked spokesman for the
Garvaghy Road Residents Association Brendán Mac Cionnaith.
Does this mean some Irish are more equal than others?
On a better note. I hear the Druids have been allowed to celebrate the Summer
Solstice at Stonehenge. Good for them! Any Celtic celebrations of note?