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North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA welcomes Rasharkin parade decision

17 August, 2012

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has welcomed High Court decision to uphold the restrictions on the Ballymaconnolly parade in Rasharkin this evening.

Mr McKay said

"The attempt to overturn the Parades Commission determination on this parade would have resulted in a huge procession taking place in the village this evening with 44 bands.

“The original decision by the Commission to limit the number of bands to 25 is a step in the right direction and came after another year when the band refused to engage with local residents in Rasharkin.

"Residents here want this evening to pass off peacefully and to see the Ballymaconnolly band take meaningful steps to enter into engagement with residents rather than have this situation develop year after year."

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