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Welcome for peaceful ‘Mini Twelfth’ - Ó Donnghaile

2 July, 2009

Sinn Féin’s east Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has commended all those responsible for ensuring that last night’s ‘Mini Twelfth’ parade in east Belfast passed off peacefully.

Speaking this afternoon Mr Ó Donnghaile said:

“Last night, I joined with other Short Strand residents in a protesting to this contentious parade being allowed, once again, to pass by the Short Strand area.

This particular parade has certainly been one of the most contentious over the past number of years, it is unfortunate that once again I saw a number of Loyalist paramilitary flags on display during the course of the march.

I also recognise the fact that the parade and protest both passed off without any incident and I am grateful for that fact. This is primarily down to the hard work and mature engagement being carried out at numerous cross community and multi statutory levels within the east of the city.

The onus remains on the Parades Commission to acknowledge that there is not logical argument for this particular parade to pass the Short Strand area, other routes are there and are much more practical in allowing this parade to take place without it being subjected to a community who object to it.

It is now time that we moved towards full and final closure regarding the small number of contentious parades in this part of the city.” CRÍOCH

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