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Kelly to meet Parades Commission on Tour of the North

17 June, 2009 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Fein Assembly member for North Belfast Gerry Kelly will lead a party delegation to meet with the Parades Commission at their Belfast Offices today at 2pm. The meeting will deal with the determination of Commission to allow loyalist supporters to parade past Ardoyne shops as part of the Tour of the North on Friday night. 

Mr Kelly said:

“The Tour of the North parades through a number of interface areas in North Belfast. In recent years loyalist supporters following the bands and lodges have been banned from marching past Ardoyne shops. Inexplicably the Parades Commission has this year decided to allow these hangers-on, who are quite often drunk, to march through this nationalist area.

“It is entirely the wrong decision. There has been no real dialogue in the course of the past 12 months and the decision of the Commission to facilitate this sort of coat trailing through Ardoyne is unacceptable and unnecessary. It has made an already difficult situation which inevitably results from this parade even worse.

“Residents in Ardoyne have asked the Parades Commission to review their determination relating to the Tour of the North. It is my view that this must now happen speedily and the decisions taken reversed.” ENDS

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