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Kelly welcomes Parades Commission determination on Shankill Star

26 November, 2010 - by Gerry Kelly, Westminster

Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast, Gerry Kelly, has welcomed the decision to bar the loyalist Shankill Star flute band from marching past the Dales, Mountainview and Ardoyne by the Parades Commission.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

“I welcome the fact that the Parades Commission has taken the decision to bar this loyalist band, which is in essence a tribute to Brian Robinson, from walking past the area where he murdered Paddy McKenna. It is the right decision.

“I am however disappointed in Tommy Cheevers approach to this, with him showing no sensitivity or regards to the victims of Brian Robinson. Most sensible people would acknowledge the suffering that has been caused by the application  this band had made to march here and would rightfully oppose it on these grounds

“Instead of Tommy Cheevers making comments which could exacerbate the situation what we need to see is the Orange Order sitting down and talking with residents.”

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