Sinn Féin MLA Daithi McKay has praised the discipline of protesters last night in Rasharkin despite provocation from Loyalist bands.
Mr. McKay stated,
“I would like to acknowledge the actions of the protesters last night in Rasharkin who despite provocation from Loyalist band members remained disciplined.
“Many of the bands attempted to raise tensions by stopping and playing the Sash beside the protestors and again we seen paraphernalia from Unionist paramilitary groups including the UDA and UVF on display.
“However there has been no comment from any Unionist politicians condemning these actions in contrast to their recent statements on Republican commemorations.
“I also condemn those who left a pipe bomb in the village which achieved nothing more than adding to the disruption to local residents.
“The only way to resolve these contentious parades is through dialogue and I would urge the Loyal orders to engage with resident groups to resolve all outstanding issues.”