The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council has declined an invitation to a controversial event being planned later this month, where the Government will commemorate members of the Royal Irish Constabulary and Dublin Metropolitan Police.

The commemoration event is due to take place at Dublin Castle on 17th January, as part of the State programme to mark the decade of centenaries.

However, a number of politicians from around the country are planning to boycott the event, given the links between the RIC and the notorious Black and Tans, including Westport-based Fianna Fail Councillor Brendan Mulroy, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, and the Independent Mayor of Galway City Mike Cubbard.

 

Councillor Brendan Mulroy says the Taoiseach should pull the plug on this event, which he says "is wrong on a number of levels".

 

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