Sinn Féin welcome Parades Commission determination on South Belfast route
Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey and Laganbank Councillor Deirdre Hargey have welcomed the determination from the Parades Commission which has restricted a loyalist parade when returning from Belfast city center away from the Market and lower Ormeau areas.
Speaking after the publication of the determination, Alex Maskey said:
"I have no doubt that local residents will welcome this determination with some relief.
“From the outset there was a strong feeling that this was a mischievous application which was deliberately intended to raise tensions in the city while the main Ulster Covenant Centenary parade is taking place.
“Along with local community representatives, Sinn Féin made representations to the Parade Commission on the basis that this was a deliberate change in an initial application by an organisation which is believed to be closely aligned to loyalist paramilitaries. We were of the firm view that should this parade go ahead unrestricted it would seriously damage well established community relations.”
Councillor Hargey added:
"We would certainly now hope that Saturdays Ulster Covenant Centenary parade, which we recognise as an important event for the unionist community, can pass off without incident. The communities in inner south Belfast have led the way in many respects in developing positive working relationships and indeed have a number of projects to be completed in the time ahead."