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Orange Order Dublin March
# 1 : Monday 12-12-2005 @ 10:09
The Orange Order are to march through Dublin in Janurary next year. The march has been given the green light by the Garda, who cancelled a similar march in 2000 due to security fears. The march will include O'Connell st, walking by the GPO.

The march will include people who were victims of IRA violence. I for one will be waving an Irish flag and cheering them as the walk by, let them see that they are welcome to come and have their little walk and that if and when an united Ireland happens they are welcome to stand up and be counted as equals.
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# 2 : Monday 12-12-2005 @ 10:17

It is in my mind akin to allowing the Nazis to march. The Orange Order should have been banned years ago.
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# 3 : Monday 12-12-2005 @ 10:20
I will also be there showing them what it is to be a decent human being, welcoming them and showing them that we are a multi-denominational and intelligent society which can rise above hate.
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# 4 : Monday 12-12-2005 @ 10:20
i think its about time we had a march with victims of the ira, it is as far as i remember one of the first marches that actually show what the ira have done to people, instead of sinn fein hijacking the annual walk to comemorate the execution of the leaders of the rising.
i have no problem with anyone marching through dublin, i hope many people go and take in exactly what the ira did to people
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# 5 : Monday 12-12-2005 @ 10:24
I agree with all that but it is not necessary to involve the Orange Order in this march.
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# 6 : Monday 12-12-2005 @ 10:42
If we allowed Sin Feinn / IRA celebrate their existence with a military display on O'Connell St, during the Summer, I don't see why we can't welcome our Unionist neighbours. I'm all in favour of it and show that we have matured as a society.
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# 7 : Monday 12-12-2005 @ 10:47
Can't stand the Orange Order myself, but if we let IRA supporters stage their pathetic marches then I can't see what the objection is to letting the Brethren walk the Queen's highway. Sorry, Mary McAleese's potholes.

And I'd rather see bowler hats and white gloves on our streets than balaclavas and dark glasses. So much more elegant.
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# 8 : Monday 12-12-2005 @ 10:53
The Orange Order is a sectarian organisation and I for one won't be in a mood for welcoming them. They don't want to be welcomed. They'd love nothing more than to be met by a bunch of hate-filled Sinn Féin counter-demonstrators. Then they could head back up north and say that the Republic was at least as sectarian as NI.

On the other hand, if this is just a march for the victims of violence, presumably they won't object to the presence of victims of loyalist violence such as the families of the Dublin and Monaghan bombing victims.
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# 9 : Monday 12-12-2005 @ 10:55
Exactly. It is not a question of us showing we are mature, that has already been proven in my opinion. It is time for them to do it.
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# 10 : Monday 12-12-2005 @ 10:58
i take it you guys dont go to any sinn fein marches? if not then the best way to prove your not biggoted would be to give them the same treatment and stay away. id be very angry at anyone who would set out to cause a disturbance
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# 11 : Monday 12-12-2005 @ 11:00
I cant believe that they've been given the go ahead to do this!!!!

I think loosey is right though. Lets rise above the hatred and NOT take the bait. I don't think it matters to us here in the republic what religion people are(i personally couldnt tell u if my friends were catholic or protestant) so lets show them just how multicultural a society we are and set an example for them to follow!
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# 12 : Monday 12-12-2005 @ 11:00
Having said all that, we do live in a free soceity and so if the march is allowed to go ahead then perhaps an IRA march will soon take place in London and Belfast? Does anyone think that is fair?
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# 13 : Monday 12-12-2005 @ 11:02
considering the ira is no more it would be a bit silly of them to hold a march, however ias far as i am aware sinn feim do have marches in london around easter for ex pats. sure i doubt they would realy give a shit considering they let the bnp hold marches
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# 14 : Monday 12-12-2005 @ 11:06
" i take it you guys dont go to any sinn fein marches? "
I wouldn't be seen dead at one! Don't worry, Loosey. I'm not planning any "disturbances".
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# 15 : Monday 12-12-2005 @ 11:06
Indeed. Its a sad state of affairs that this march is to commemmorate victims of violence when the organisers are as guilty, a little hyppocritical. Anyway, hopefully a silent crowd will stand along the streets, I think that would be very effective. No noise, no heckles, just absolute silence
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