Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said this morning’s Apprentice Boys’ parade through the nationalist areas of Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales highlighted the absurdity of such parades.
The North Belfast MLA said:
“The Apprentice Boys’ parade is in Derry but this parade actually goes in the opposite direction to march through the nationalist areas of Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales before boarding a bus to head back the other way. This is the absurdity of such a parade and to nationalists it looks like nothing more than a coat-trailing exercise.
“Thankfully this morning’s parade passed off peacefully. The Loyal Orders need to step up to the mark and engage with local residents on a face to face basis if we are to resolve these small number of contentious parades.”