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Disappointment at Parades Commission decision

16 November, 2007

East Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has expressed his disappointment at the decision of the Parades Commission to allow a loyalist band protest to pass the Short Strand area twice on 24th November.

Speaking after the decision was reached Mr Ó Donnghaile said:

"I am disappointed that this protest parade has been given permission to pass the Short Strand area twice while the parades commission have acknowledged that it is without precedent and indeed has recognised the intimidatory nature of the protest in rightly taking it away from the Donegall Pass area.

'This protest and its origins have absolutely nothing to do with residents in the Short Strand and should not be permitted to disrupt the lives of residents in either travelling to their place of work or travelling to the city centre for pre Christmas shopping.

"At this stage, with the failure of the Parades Commission to adequately address this issue, I would call on the Protest organisers to take account of the Mayor of Belfast, Jim Rogers, and his calls for the organisers to have a rethink on their plans.

'The parading issue in East Belfast can only be resolved through meaningful dialogue. I would call on all those involved in the issue, including the organisers of this protest, to engage with each other in order to find a lasting solution to this ongoing problem." Deireadh

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