Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said time is running out for the Orange Order to have direct face-to-face talks with the Carrickhill residents.
Gerry Kelly said:
“Despite what the Grand Orange Lodge try to imply in their statement earlier today, they still have not had face-to-face discussions with the Carrickhill residents.
“Conversations to resolve these issues must involve those who file for the parade, the Grand Lodge and those who file for the related protest, the Carrickhill Residents Association.
“That has not happened and the Orange Order need to explain why they have not taken this step. Time is running out for a resolution with the parade less than two weeks away.
“Talk by the Grand Orange Lodge of seeking to ‘build relationships by listening to views’ is not going to resolve the outstanding issues before this huge parade on 29th of September.
“What we need is action and that means face-to-face talks with the Carrickhill Residents Association.” CRÍOCH/END