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Decision Of Republican Band Praised

7 April, 2004


Maghera Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Kerr has praised the initiative taken by the local republican band not to exercise their right to parade the whole of the commercial section of the Maghera town as part of their annual Easter Commemoration on Easter Monday.

Cllr. Kerr said:

"The decision taken by the local republican flute band not to exercise their right to parade through the commercial section of the town on Easter Monday is a welcome initiative. I would also welcome the fact that the Parades Commission did not restrict the republican parade at the top end of the town as had been the case in previous years.

"All rights come with responsibilities and the local band has shown by their gesture that they take their responsibilities very seriously. They have shown that they are willing to forgo something for which they have campaigned for years in order to enhance the spirit of mutual respect with other traditions in the town.

" I hope that this initiative is taken in the spirit in which it is intended and that we can hope for similar initiatives from others in the town as we face into the marching season." ENDS

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