Orange march on Garvaghy Road or Ardoyne will not be price of policing and justice powers – Doherty
Speaking ahead of attending negotiations at Hillsborough Castle today, Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty said an Orange march down the Garvaghy Road or Ardoyne will not be the price of the transfer of policing and justice powers from Britain to the North.
Senator Doherty said:
“Sinn Féin has been at Hillsborough all week and we are determined to see the implementation of the outstanding commitments of the St. Andrews and Good Friday Agreements.
“We have invested much attempting to ensure that the political institutions deliver for the people and we want to see them succeed.
“The decision by the DUP, at the behest of the Orange Order, to make the abolition of the Parades Commission a precondition for the transfer of policing and justice powers flies in the face of the St. Andrews agreement.
“Sinn Féin's record on parades is clear – we have sought and encouraged local agreement between residents and marching orders. Local accommodation and solutions must include the prospect that no parade is the eventual and agreed outcome.
“We recognise that support from all sides of the community has the potential to bring about solutions where there are difficulties. This has happened in some areas and there have been local solutions.
“No one local solution is automatically transferable to any other area but local dialogue and local leadership are the common factors where progress has been achieved. That is what offers the best prospect of a local solution.
“This requires respect for the rights of everyone – those who seek to march and those who live in areas through which they seek to march. And it must include the right to live free from sectarian harassment.
“An Orange march on Garvaghy Road or in Ardoyne will not be the price of the transfer of policing and justice powers and anyone who thinks otherwise is fooling themselves. We will not allow citizens rights and entitlements to be made subject to a unionist veto or an Orange Order pre-condition.” ENDS