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Sinn Féin welcomes Orange Order comments

16 June, 2004

Sinn Féin MLA for Upper Bann John O'Dowd has said that local people should sit up and take interest in the Scottish Government's efforts to curb Orange Order Parades.

Mr O'Dowd said:

" This week the Scottish Executive set out the remit of a proposed parades adviser whose role is aimed at increasing the power of local communities to decide where and when processions take place.

"Sinn Féin has repeatedly called for the involvement of the local community in decisions regarding contentious parades in their respective areas in the Six Counties, and hopes that local Orangemen will follow their brethren's example and 'speak to the local people'. Entrance into dialogue with local residents is a welcome step and I hope that the Irish Orange Order can take heed of this example.

"The Scottish Grandmaster has said that Orangemen should take a 'long hard look' at themselves when they are 'parading too much' and 'making (themselves) unwelcome.' Sinn Féin views these comments as a welcome step forward on behalf of the Order and hopes that such a stance can be reciprocated in the Six Counties. We believe that dialogue is key to resolving parades disputes in the North." ENDS

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