Chair of the Dublin Central Joint Policing Committee, Fianna Fáil Councillor Mary Fitzpatrick, has welcomed the cancellation of the loyalist protest in Dublin city centre on Saturday.

Councillor Fitzpatrick commented, “This is a welcome development.  In recent days residents and business operators in Dublin city were growing increasingly concerned about the prospect of street riots being visited on Dublin’s streets.

“It is encouraging that the organisers listened to the clear message coming from Dublin that while freedom of expression is cherished in our city, the threat of anti-social behaviour and disruption of the peace by anybody, whatever the cause, will not be tolerated.  The organisers appear to have understood this message, seen sense and headed advice from the gardaí and others.”