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Blame for Rasharkin trouble lies with Parades Commission

22 August, 2009


North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has blamed the Parades Commission for allowing a situation to develop in Rasharkin which could have led to massive public disorder. He also criticised the DUP for supporting the right of loyalist paramilitaries to march through Catholic areas and called on them to sever their links with these organisations.

Mr McKay said:

“The Parades Commission are to blame for giving loyalists the space to create the conflict we saw in this village last night. It was an absolute disgrace that UDA and UVF bands, including bands from Coleraine who had members arrested for the murder of Kevin McDaid, were allowed to march through this village.

“This is a sectarian coat-trailing parade and has caused trouble and conflict in this village for many years now. If the Parades Commission cannot see the problems it created here by allowing hundreds of loyalists to come into a nationalist village then they need their heads examined.

“This parade has served only to heighten tensions in the area even further. The fact that the DUP continues to defend the right of loyalist paramilitaries to march through Catholic areas just goes to show that they have yet to sever all their links with these paramilitary organisations. ENDS

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