Sinn Féin meets with Parades Commission ahead of Ardoyne feeder parade
Sinn Féin Representatives Gerry Adams MP, Gerry Kelly MLA and Cllr Gerard McCabe this morning made a presentation to the Parades Commission ahead of the Apprentice Boys parade which is proposed to pass the Nationalist areas of Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales on the 14th August.
Speaking after the meeting Mr Kelly said;
“This is a feeder parade which passes through the Nationalist areas of Mountainview, Ardoyne and the Dales. The North and West Parades Forum pulled out of the talks with the residents and the Parades Commission in June.
The issues of contentious parades cannot be resolved without dialogue with the host community. This particular parade is happening in the aftermath of a very bad decision by the Parades Commission on 12th July and in a dialogue vacuum created by the North and West Forum.
The situation is further exacerbated by the presence of the Shankill Star Flute band in the parade. This band is dedicated to Brian Robinson, a UVF member who murdered Paddy McKenna on the route that this parade proposes to take and where members of the family still live.
In our opinion the community in this area need the space to have the dialogue necessary to deal with the issues. Forcing this feeder parade down will make things worse. The main parade is in Derry and I would argue that the Apprentice Boys go directly to that parade and commence dialogue with the residents of the area, CARA, as soon as possible thereafter.” CRÍOCH