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Time for Orange Order to show leadership – O’Dowd

1 July, 2010 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin  MLA for Upper Bann, John O’Dowd has welcomed the determination barring the Orange Order marching from Drumcree down the Garvaghy Road and has stated that it is now time for the Orange Order to show leadership on this issue and accept that they must play their part in the peace process.  

Speaking today Mr O’Dowd said:

“It is now thirteen years since the Orange Order marched from Drumcree along the Garvaghy Road.  

“The Orange Order should accept the reality of the sitaution and play thier part in the peace process, abandoning their attempts to walk down the Garvaghy Road.

“This woud be a huge step forward not only for the people of Portadown but the all the people across the island of Ireland as a whole.

“It would be a gesture that would be seen as the Order, for the first time, playing a positive and constructive role and providing real leadership on this issue, in what are very changed times.”

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