North Belfast Sinn Féin Councillor Conor Maskey has questioned the motivation behind the three Loyal Orders applying for a feeder parade past Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales as part of the Ulster Covenant celebrations on September 29th.
Conor Maskey said:
“Considering the positive step taken by the Black Institution in issuing an apology to St Patrick’s Church and its parishioners, this application by the three Loyal Orders does not make sense.
“We have seen a lowering of tension over the last couple of days around the parading issue with attempts by all to find a resolution. So the question needs to be asked of the Loyal Orders is why they have decided to make this application which will only see tensions heightened in the build up to the Ulster Covenant march.
“In a previous commemoration march, the Balmoral Review on 19th May, the organisers took a conscious decision to stay away from potential flash-point areas. Why the three Loyal Orders have made this application considering their 19th May position and the recent disorder is baffling and flys in the face of positive moves over the last few days.
“Sinn Féin will continue to work to resolve these few contentious areas of parading but it takes the Loyal Orders and indeed unionist politicians to explain this latest bizarre move.”