The leader of the SDLP has said there is a danger of Dublin's O'Connell Street becoming a theme park for people marching about every single grievance and every single allegation.

Mark Durkan says it is clear the Republic is looking for a way to disown what he calls the appalling violence in Dublin last weekend.

But he believes there is more mature way for the Republic to show sensitivity to victims in Northern Ireland.

Mr Durkan has briefed the Taoiseach and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has also contacted Fine Gael and Labour about his proposals.  

His proposal is to recall the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation, a body that met in the 1990s, and use it to address issues of grievance and reconciliation. 

He said it could allow victims of all classes to tell their story and express their needs. 

He suggests it could also allow discussion and long-term planning on sensitive issues like the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the Battle of the Somme.