Irish republican march held in Denny

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A march has been held by an Irish Republican group in Denny.
Around 150 people attended the event organised by Cairde Na hEireann, which means Friends of Ireland.

About 400 people had been expected to take part in the march, which was held without any reported trouble.

Councillors in Falkirk granted the group permission after taking into account more than 150 objections from locals and three submissions in its favour.

The authority said its powers to refuse were restricted by the European Convention on Human Rights.

Police had earlier warned those taking part, and anyone taking part in a counter-demonstration, that the law would be strictly enforced to prevent trouble.

Cairde Na hEireann, whose aims include the unification of Ireland and campaigning against racism and sectarianism, had first proposed to march through the town at midday on 9 April.

However, Central Scotland Police expressed concern that the date and time coincided with the start of a Falkirk football match and may have added undue pressure on the force.{jcomments on}