Dissidents on prison leave boast about taking part in Coalisland Easter Rising parade

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Dissident republicans granted weekend leave from prison have boasted about taking part in illegal Easter Rising demonstrations in Coalisland, it has been claimed.

Adrian Cochrane-Watson, an Assembly candidate for the UUP, said six convicted terrorists made the claims on return to prison.

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“I have met with Prison Service staff who left me in no doubt about their revulsion that these six individuals were allowed out of Roe House and Foyle House,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

“On their return to Maghaberry these terrorist thugs boasted about their participation in the illegal demonstrations in Lurgan and Coalisland.”

On Easter Sunday in Coalisland around 60 men and woman paraded in military-style uniform, watched by a crowd of up to 1,000.