Sinn Féin MP John Finucane has said there can be no no-go areas for government ministers north or south.
The North Belfast MP said:
“Comments from the Loyalist Community Council that Irish government ministers are not welcome in the north are disgraceful.
“The irony that loyalists are planning a demonstration in Dublin seems to be totally lost on them.
“The LCC is a group who represent armed paramilitary gangs involved in murder, extortion and drug-dealing. They should be asked to clarify these remarks.
“There can be no no-go areas for government ministers on this island.”