Disappointment at Parades Commission decision on ABOD parade – Cllr McClenaghan
Sinn Féin Councillor Margaret McClenaghan has expressed her 'disappointment’ at the decision by the Parades Commission to allow yet another contentious parade, this time the Apprentice Boys of Derry, to march past the Ardoyne community.
Speaking this afternoon Cllr McClenaghan said;
“Once again we see a determination from the Parades Commission which flies in the face of the desires of the people within the Ardoyne community. This is a parade which will see the marchers pass by this community, simply to get onto buses to take them to Derry; there is no logic or no rationale for this.
You would have thought that following the recent stress caused to this community as a result of Orange parades being facilitated and those who sought to use this as an excuse to inflict great trauma on our community, the Parades Commission would have acknowledged and accepted the need for a sensible resolution to this issue.
I am once again calling on the Loyal Orders to engage directly with Sinn Féin as well as community representatives and step up to the mark in terms of playing their part in resolving the issues around these contentious parades.” CRÍOCH