Prosecutors to consider Druids case

Published Friday, 05 September 2014
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Police have said they will formally submit a file to the Public Prosecution Service about controversial comments made by a band performing at the Ardoyne Fleadh.

Prosecutors to consider Druids case
Thousands attended the five-day festival. (© screengrab)

It follows complaints about remarks by a member of the Co Kildare-based 'rebel band' The Druids during the community festival in north Belfast last month.

The singer was filmed telling British soldiers and their "Orange comrades" to go back "to England".

Officers had previously said the incident had been fully and thoroughly investigated and evidence was presented to the PPS, but no further action was to be taken.

But in a statement on Friday, Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw confirmed: "Police are going through the formal process of submitting the file of evidence previously discussed with the Public Prosecution Service when pre-prosecutorial advice was originally sought."

The development has been welcomed by unionist politicians, who have previously criticised the PPS over its handling of this case.

However the UUP's Tom Elliott said he still has concerns.

"We are not yet convinced that the druids could not be charged under existing Northern Ireland legislation and welcome the police decision to submit a complete file for a formal charging decision by the DPP," a statement from the MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone explained.

"To take no action sends a message to homophobes, racists and bigots that it's okay to preach hate in Northern Ireland."

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7 Comments
AK in Ireland wrote (47 days ago):
Tom elliott and the DUP are actually the most embarrassing people on the island of Ireland! They yap about this but think its ok to sing the famine song and kill the pope! Nauseating
Mark in Belfast wrote (48 days ago):
Cant wait for next years 11th and 12th of july to see how many cases are brought re hate filled orange speeches and bonfires antics. Be careful what you wish for.
truth seeker in wonderland wrote (48 days ago):
I hope the UUP ,DPP and the DUP will show as much concern next July when there will be plenty of singing,plenty of flag burning and plenty of effigy burning.
Ronald in 'Island of equals'pfft! wrote (48 days ago):
When a loyalist sings the famine song they get hammered from pillar to post....and they want an 'island of equals'........this is exacty why people dont want a united ireland because there is no equality now for protestants in the justice system.....so why in god's name would there be in a united ireland....?'island of equals'another myth!!!!
Where's the justice? in Belfast wrote (48 days ago):
Willie Frazier speaks, outcome, Arrested Jamie Bryson speaks, outcome, Arrested Ruth Patterson speaks, outcome, Arrested The Druids spew out their hatred of British soldiers and Orangemen, outcome, no problem, let off, no prosecution, didn't do any wrong, welcome to the new Northern Ireland!
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