The group proposing to hold another 'Love Ulster' rally in Dublin says it expects around 3,000 people to attend a similar march this year.

FAIR, which represents unionist victims of the Troubles, said gardaí have agreed to police any rally which it decides to hold.

Last year, hundreds of counter demonstrators were involved in riots in Dublin city when the group attempted to hold a similar march.

In February 2006, hundreds of supporters of the 'Love Ulster' march left Dublin by garda escort after their rally failed to get under way due to an outbreak of violence.

Shop windows were broken, cars burned out and members of the public assaulted as the wave of violence spread across the city centre.

After meeting with gardaí for around an hour this morning, Willie Frazer of Families Acting for Innocent Relatives said gardaí were supportive of another parade.

He accused members of the Republican movement of causing violence last year and said that gardaí had concerns this summer may be too soon to hold another parade, as tensions are still running high.

More than 120 people were identified as having being involved in the violence last year; so far 85 people suspected of involvement have appeared before the courts.

Mr Frazer said that 25 bands may attend the next march, which he hopes takes place in August or September.

Gardaí described the meeting as 'cordial and productive'.