A MAN from Derry was among six men who have faced a court charged in connection with an illegal republican Easter parade at the weekend.
Matthew O’Donnell, 39, of Lislane Drive faced charges at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court of taking part in an unnotified procession in Lurgan in Co Armagh on Saturday and wearing clothing or having articles as a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation.
O’Donnell and the five other men were released on bail.
A police officer told the court he could connect all the defendants with the charges.
The other five men are:
- Eamon Green, 30, of Falls Road, Belfast
- Martin Conlon, 48, of Tarry Drive, Lurgan,
- Emmet Donnan, 30, of Colin Mill, Dunmurry
- Gary Doherty, 36, of Old Mountfield Road, Omagh in Co Tyrone.
- Christopher Hamill, 28, of Lurgantarry, Lurgan, faces the same charges plus three charges of assault on police.
There was a significant police presence both inside and outside Lisburn Courthouse.
Supporters of the accused were in the public gallery.
Bail was granted on the conditions the accused did not come within 200 metres of an unnotified parade and that the co-accused did not contact one another.
There were cheers and claps from the public gallery.
The case will be heard again later this month.