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Five charged over Easter Rising commemorations

Five people have been charged over Easter Rising commemorations in Lurgan and Belfast in April

FIVE people including a 49-year-old woman have been charged in connection with Easter Rising commemorations earlier this year.

The woman and four men, aged 24, 27, 47 and 48, were charged with a total of 20 offences following gatherings in Lurgan and Belfast on April 15 and 16.

During the Lurgan commemoration, organised by Republican Sinn Féin, masked men and women gathered at a garden of remembrance in the Co Armagh town.

Neither it nor the Belfast commemoration were notified to the Parades Commission.

The five have been charged with offences including "taking part in an unnotified procession" and "wearing clothing, or having article(s), as a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation".

All are to appear before Craigavon Magistrates court on Friday.

Three other men, aged 35, 41 and 48 were reported to the Public Prosecution Service for similar offences relating to the same commemorations.

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