Chance to rectify most ridiculous determination
Newry & Armagh MP Conor Murphy said he was hoping for a positive response from the Parades Commission in their review tomorrow of the decision to allow 40 loyalist bands to march through Armagh City on the evening of St Patrick’s Day.
Conor Murphy said:
“When the decision was revealed to allow 40 loyalist bands to march through Armagh City on the evening of St Patrick’s Day, Sinn Féin immediately asked for a review of what has to be the one of the most ridiculous determinations ever made in relation to marching in the North.
“The input from the PSNI on this occasion has been totally disastrous. They have actually influenced the determination by unbelievably claiming there are ‘no local concerns or sensitivities’ around this march.
“Don’t they know it is going to be St Patrick’s Day on Saturday? Either the PSNI in Armagh have a total lack of understanding of the nationalist feelings in the area or there are other agendas at work.
“At the same time the Parades Commission cannot wash their hands of this and ultimately the buck stops with them – they made this flawed determination.
“Hopefully common sense will prevail tomorrow at the review and we can put this ridiculous decision behind us and enjoy the St Patrick’s Day festivities in Armagh on Saturday.”