Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly said that there is still a window of opportunity for a resolution to the Ulster Covenant parade past St Patrick’s Church and Carrickhill on Saturday 29th September.
Gerry Kelly was speaking after leading a Sinn Féin delegation to meet the Parades Commission this morning.
Gerry Kelly said:
“We had a frank and comprehensive discussion around all issues with the Parades Commission and pressed upon them the need to be consistent and resolute in their determinations.
“There is then a requirement for the PSNI and the PPS to deal with any breeches of determinations or sectarian behaviour.”
“However, a window of opportunity exits to find a resolution to this issue but it takes the Orange Order to enter face-to-face talks with the Carrickhill residents.
“I support Fr Michael Sheehan’s sentiments when he said that he was ‘bewildered’ that the Carrickhill Concerned Residents have been excluded from the conversations.
“Any talks to find a resolution that doesn’t involve those directly affected by the parade has little chance of reaching an accommodation suitable to all.
“Mutual respect dictates that there needs to be face-to-face conversations between the Orange Order and the Carrichill residents.”