Commenting after the letter sent by Grand Secretary of the Orange Order Drew Nelson to the parishioners of St Matthew’s was distributed at Mass on Sunday Cllr Niall Ó Donnghaile said;
“The Orange Order may as well not have bothered.
"Their so called “apology” makes absolutely no reference to the countless breaches of the Parades Commission determination and the complete disrespect shown to this community over the duration of the Covenant parade.
"There should be no ambiguity; there should be no excuses, what happened outside St Matthew’s was wrong and the leaders of the Orange Order and political Unionism need to step up to the plate and say that.
"Partial apologies will not solve outstanding issues around contentious parades in east Belfast - only direct dialogue will achieve that ”