Horslips criticise the use of their song at 'Irexit' event

Horslips, pictured performing at the Waterfront Hall in December 2010. Picture by Declan Roughan

IRISH rockers Horslips have criticised the use of one of their songs at an event calling for the Republic to leave the European Union.

In a post on social media, the band accused the organisers of the 'Irexit: Freedom to Prosper' conference in Dublin as "saddos".

It comes after the Horslips's hit 'Dearg Doom' was played at the event on Saturday in the RDS.

A statement from the band said the "saddos had the feckin' temerity" to use their recording and they would be seeking legal advice.

The group also described those who attended as "Little Irelanders".

"Horslips stood for a hopeful, outward looking, inclusive vision of Ireland with plenty of drink and a blue Range Rover," they said.

"This lot stand for a diminished, fearful, xenophobic state."

The band, who has reformed in recent years after retiring from the music scene, added that they were "checking out whether we can do them for copyright infringement".

Event organiser Hermann Kelly said around 600 people attended the event, in which former UKIP leader Nigel Farage was among the speakers.

"They should be damn thankful we played their music, few other people listen to it now," he said.

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