New York parade organisers stand by PSNI marching invite, despite protests

It is understood that the organisers of New York's St Patrick's Day parade have not withdrawn an invitation to the PSNI to have a contingent march with gardaí on Monday, despite overnight reports.

The invitation had been for six members of the PSNI to march alongside members of the Gardaí "as a symbol of solidarity".

However, the committee organising the parade faced stinging protests across social media from dissident groups here and in the US, calling for the invitation to be withdrawn.

Irish Central reports that "the parade committee did 'suffer a case of jitters' regarding the invitation and the concerted drive to have the invite withdrawn but have now made it clear that the invite stands".

However, the committee is expected to make a statement today confirming their intention to honour the invite.

In response to a question from regarding their intention to march or not, a PSNI spokesman said: "We are aware of concerns regarding PSNI participation in the New York St Patrick's Day parade but we have received no formal communication from the parade's organisers at this time."

The contingent will travel to New York in any case, as they have other commitments.

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