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McGuinness calls for direct dialogue as time running out for parade resolution

16 September, 2012

Sinn Féin MLA and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said there needs to be renewed urgency to find an accommodation to the Ulster Covenant parade in North Belfast, which takes place in less than two weeks time.

 Martin McGuinness said:

"The Black Institution calmed the situation with their apology and the statement from the Orange Order that followed but since then we have seen no movement from the Loyal Orders to engage with the residents of Carrickhill.

“While we have heard talk of 'quiet conversations' going on this must involve those who file for the parade, the Grand Lodge and those who file for the related protest, the Carrickhill Residents Association.

“Time is running out to reach a local accommodation and with the Parades Commission due to meet on Tuesday, the Loyal Orders need to step up to the plate and engage directly with those concerned as soon as possible.

“Direct dialogue is in everyone's interest and the most logical way of reaching a resolution.” CRÍOCH/END

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