Rasharkin parade points up need for talks – McKay
Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has today urged unionist politicians to return to talks on the legacy of the past, flags and parading.
The North Antrim MLA was speaking after meeting the Parades Commission to discuss an application for a loyalist band parade through the mainly nationalist village of Rasharkin.
Daithí McKay said:
"An application has been made to bring 44 loyalist bands through the village of Rasharkin on August 23rd.
“The Parades Commission must ensure that the rights of residents are upheld and that means the reduction of the size of this parade and the length of time it remains in the village.
“The people of Rasharkin find this parade very intimidating due to its paramilitary nature. Steps need to be taken to deal about that threat especially given the fact the parade organisers have not engaged in direct dialogue with the residents.
“The problems associated with this particular parade points up the folly of the unionist obsession in dealing with only a small section of the route of a single parade in North Belfast.
“Unionist leaders should instead return to the table immediately to reengage in the process of seeking agreement on the Haass proposals on the legacy of the past, flags and parading.” ENDS/CRÍOCH