Ó Donnghaile comments after morning parade passes Short Strand
Sinn Féin representative for east Belfast Niall Ó Donnghaile has said he is ‘thankful’ there were no incidents at this morning’s Black Preceptory feeder parade but has again stressed that dialogue is ‘the only way forward’.
Speaking from the Short Strand, he said;
“Obviously I am thankful that this morning’s parade passed off without incident. Residents from the Short Strand mounted a peaceful and dignified protest.
Despite commitments given publicly by the parade organisers to ‘respect’ residents in the Short Strand and assuring that only hymns would be played, I witnessed various sectarian tunes being played while this parade once again passed the Short Strand without any consultation, engagement or dialogue with the residents who live in the area.
This morning’s feeder parade walks less than half a mile so that participants can get on a bus and travel elsewhere; many are justifiably of the opinion that the whole purpose of this parade is simply to pass the Short Strand.
I hope that this evening’s return parades across the city will pass off peacefully.” CRÍOCH