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311. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if her attention has been drawn to a proposed protest against the Love Ulster parade, planned for 28 March 2015, by the Seán Heuston Dublin 1916 Society; her views on concerns surrounding the proposed parade in view of previous incidents surrounding this event; the policing strategy that will be put in place for this event; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8840/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am aware of the possibility of demonstrations of the kind to which the Deputy refers in his question. While supporting fully the right of individuals to protest, I am sure the House will agree that any protest must take place within the law and it must respect the rights of others.
It is the responsibility of An Garda Síochána to put in place appropriate and proportionate operational plans for parades and similar events in the public arena, taking account of the needs of all stakeholders and having regard to the requirement to ensure public safety. As a matter of practice, An Garda Síochána do what they can to facilitate lawful protests and demonstrations, and to endeavour to provide a safe environment for participants while taking into account the rights of all the community. It is important, therefore, that any persons involved in demonstrations of the kind referred to would liaise closely with An Garda Síochána and be subject to their advice.