Dublin loyalist flag protest 'called off' (updated 6pm)

A loyalist protest planned for Dublin this weekend has been called off. It is understood organisers agreed to cancel the demonstration after discussions with the Gardaí.

The Belfast Newsletter is quoting Willie Frazer of the Ulster People's forum as saying the group would travel to Dublin to discuss "concerns around IRA collusion and many other issues", in the "near future".

Mr Frazer said earlier that the protest would go ahead unless the Gardaí indicated that it posed a threat to life.

There had been numerous calls for the event to be called off over security concerns, and objections from retail groups that even a perceived threat of violence would effectively cause the city to shut down.

Update 6pm: Reports about the protest conflict. Organisers say it has not been called off, while gardaí say it has been postponed. See full story here. We will post further updates as the story is clarified.

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