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Gerry Adams meets Orange Order

26 June, 2008

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams met with representatives of Portadown Orangemen last week. The meeting came after repeated requests by Mr Adams to meet with the Orange Order to discuss the issue of contentious parades.

Mr Adams said:

"It is and always has been the Sinn Féin position that the issue of parading can only be resolved through dialogue between the Loyal Orders and local communities.

"For a number of years I have written to the Orange Order offering dialogue around the issue of contentious parades. Recently representatives of the Portadown Orange sought to meet with me. I met with the delegation last week. We had an informative and useful discussion about Orangeism and its place in modern Ireland.

"I also made it clear to them that it was our firm view that there is no rational for an Orange Parade along the Garvaghy Road. Furthermore I urged them to involve themselves in a process of inclusive dialogue with the representatives of the Garvaghy Road community." ENDS

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