Campaigners for Justice for the Craigavon Two are to protest tonight outside the Canadian embassy in Dublin after a supporter was physically tackled at a event for British soldiers killed in the 1916 rebellion.
Last Thursday the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers intervened when Brian Murphy decided to stage a one man protest at the event at the Grangegorman Military Cemetery.
Brian Murphy is a member of the Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association was wearing a T-shirt in support of the Craigavon Two, Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton were convicted of the murder of PSNI officer Stephen Carroll.
Constable Carroll was was dead in Craigavon in 2009 as he responded to a 999 call.
A statement from the campaign group Justice for the Craigavon Two stated: “Last Thursday the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers wrongly interrupted our protest highlighting the case of the Craigavon 2 who have spent seven years in prison. We will now highlight their case at the Canadian embassy in Dublin ( 7 Wilton Terrace Dublin 2) on Monday 30th May at 7pm.”
Mr Vickers, who fatally shot an Islamist gunman in 2014, grabbed Mr Murphy who was shouting ‘This is an insult’ at the service.
Vickers became a national hero in Canada in October 2014 after he shot dead Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the gunman who had killed a soldier on patrol at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. After Zehaf-Bibeau burst into the parliament building, he was shot and killed by Vickers who at the time was the sergeant-at-arms in the parliament.
Mr Murphy said he is not a member of any political party but is involved with the Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association, which offers support to republican prisoners in Portlaoise and Maghaberry prisons.
He said he has not met McConville and Wootton but claims there were serious questions about the forensics involved in the PSNI murder case and about the evidence of the main prosecution witness.
He has been charged with a public order offence under Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994 and is to appear before the District Court in Blanchardstown on June 21st.