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Loyalist march decision is bad for Armagh

14 March, 2012 - by Westminster


Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy said the Parades Commission and the PSNI have created the scenario for a new contentious loyalist march with the possibility of damaging the good community relations that exist in Armagh.

Conor Murphy was speaking after the Parades Commission failed to change their decision to allow 40 loyalist bands to march through Armagh City on the evening of St Patrick’s Day.

Conor Murphy said:

 “Despite the clear evidence that the community and businesses in Armagh do not want this march to go ahead, the Parades Commission has ignored any concerns and pushed ahead with their original disastrous decision.

“I have heard already of groups pulling out of the St Patrick’s parade earlier in the day due to this march being allowed. The organisers of this contentious march have to date provided four different reasons for this parade and none of them stack up.

“This should have been a no-brainer for the Parades Commission but they somehow failed the test and the PSNI’s crazy assertion that there was no local concern over the march defies belief. This is a bad decision for the community in Armagh, for businesses, for people trying to enjoy St Patrick’s Day and for community relations.

“The Parades Commission and the PSNI, by acquiescing and contributing to this decision, have created the scenario for a new contentious loyalist march with the possibility of damaging the good community relations that exist in Armagh.

“The organisers, in the interest of those good community relations, should abandon their plans.”

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