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Easter Parades

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many parades took place on Easter Sunday, 6 April, in Northern Ireland; by whom they were organised; and for which parades the statutory notice was given by the organisers to the Royal Ulster Constabulary; and how many prosecutions have resulted.

Nineteen parades are known to have taken place in Northern Ireland on Easter Sunday, and all are believed to have been organised by various Republican groups. All the parades were traditional and therefore no notification was required, but in certain cases this was nonetheless given. The police are investigating a number of offences committed during some of the parades, but there have so far been no prosecutions.