Willie Frazer still plans Dublin protest despite minister's commitment to meet Kingsmill families

Willie Frazer said his planned protest in Dublin would go ahead. Picture by Hugh Russell

LOYALIST victims' campaigner Willie Frazer is still planning a rally in Dublin next month despite a commitment by Republic's foreign affairs minister's to meet the Kingsmill families.

Mr Frazer revealed his planned ‘Victims March for Justice' last week, saying it was designed to put pressure on the Dublin government to hand over documents relating to the 1976 massacre of ten Protestant workmen.

The south Armagh-based campaigner was behind 2006's ‘Love Ulster' rally through Dublin in 2006 which was abandoned after rioting broke out following clashes between republican protesters and the gardaí, leading to 14 arrests and 41 injuries.

Mr Frazer planned a similar demonstration in 2015 but called it off amid claims that the Republic's government was preparing to hand over documents relating to the Kingsmill attack.

He told The Irish News yesterday that he had been due to meet Garda Síochána last week to discuss the demonstration but was unable to attend due to receiving hospital treatment.

It has been reported that during Leo Varadkar's visit to Belfast last week, the taoiseach told DUP leader Arlene Foster that Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney would meet the Kingsmill families later this month.

After the meeting Mrs Foster told reporters that she had discussed Kingsmaill with her Fine Gael counterpart.

"We are working with the Taoiseach in relation to those issues," the DUP leader said after meeting the taoiseach on Friday.

"They are looking at legislation and they are hoping to meet with the Kingsmill families before the end of the month."

The victims families wish to see information about the massacre held by the Dublin government given to the coroner conducting a historical inquest into the killings.

Mr Frazer said his plans for a demonstration in Dublin had not changed.

"I plan to push ahead with the protest because they've had long enough to respond and continue to ignore us," he said.

"We welcome the planned meeting, though I would say that there's no point in meeting the families just to say the same thing as previous."

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