Crumlin parades determination is the wrong decision - McLaughlin
Sinn Féin MLA for South Antrim Mitchel McLaughlin has expressed his disappointment and concerns at today's Parades Commission determination in relation to the Orange Order march through Crumlin village on the 12th of July.
Speaking today Mr McLaughlin said:
“This is the wrong determination by the Parades Commission and it is extremely disappointing that our concerns were not taken on board.
“Essentially the Commission have given the go ahead for the Orange Order to march with 4,000 participants through Crumlin village on the 12th of July and an expected 5,000 supporters to attend despite the Orange Order carrying out no consultation whatsoever with the local community.
“This community, which is over 80% nationalist have opposed this happening due to concerns in regards to the potential for serious damage to the excellent community relations in the town, levels of confidence in the new policing dispensation, the freedom of movement for the residents and fears of violence as a result of a number of attacks in the village following previous sizable Orange marches.
“To their credit the residents of the town sought meetings with the Orange Order but to no avail. They also proposed several viable alternative routes in order to facilitate this march.
“The Parades Commission have, in their determination, only payed lip service to these concerns and suggestions.
“The only restriction placed will see the Glenavy District, which number 700 people, march back through the village on an unaltered route. Given the sheer number of expected supporters it is the belief that this restriction will have little impact on the very real concerns of those who live in the village.”