A GLASGOW politician has called on the government to intervene after raising concerns about a republican event in the city this weekend. 

Paul Sweeney MP has asked for authorities to stop the group Saoradh from taking part in a ceremony on Sunday after they caused outrage in the wake of journalist Lyra McKee's murder in Derry.

The militant group, who campaign for a unified Irish socialist state, will take part in an event to commemorate the Easter Rising through Glasgow. 

Saroadh reportedly have links to the New IRA, who have claimed responsibility for the journalist's death, and claimed Lyra’s death in Derry was the fault of “Crown forces”. 

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They will now join other groups an event at Lambhill cemetery on Sunday on the anniversary of the 1916 rebellion to overthrow British rule in Ireland.

Speaking in Westminster, Mr Sweeney said: "Lyra McKee was a child of the Good Friday Agreement and grew up in the hope that we could leave the idea of sectarianism and the division it caused behind. 

"Lyra represented a future where the only barriers to friendship were of bigotry and of badness. I can't help but feel the sense of loss of what she represents. 

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But I am particularly concerned that organisations like Saoradh seed that sense of division and hatred and indeed, they plan to take part in events in Glasgow this coming weekend. 

"Would the secretary of state liaise with her colleague in the Home Office to make sure we can do whatever we can to prevent that horrible, toxic organisation showing its face in the streets of Glasgow this weekend. 

Northern Irish secretary Karen Bradley MP replied: "I will be very happy to take that matter up with the Home Secretary because he is absolutely right in the words he has used and the sentiments he has expressed."

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After being given broad support from Government ministers on the issue, Mr Sweeney is hopeful that authorities will be able to successfully stop Saoradh from taking part in the memorial. 

The Glasgow North East MP added: "In light of their complicity in Lyra's murder it is totally unacceptable for this toxic organisation to be participating in any public events in the city, especially not in a cemetery bordering my own constituency at Lambhill. 

"I call on the relevant authorities in the police and government to prevent it. Saoradh and their ilk are not welcome in our city."

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "We are aware of the march and it will be policed appropriately."

The Home Office and Northern Ireland Office have been approached for comment.

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