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Sinn Féin calls for Tour of North to be re-routed

16 June, 2004

Sinn Féin North Belfast Councillor Eoin O'Broin has today called on the Parades Commission to re-route this Fridays controversial Tour of the North parade away from interfaces on Broughm Street, Duncairn Gardens and the Limestone Road. Cllr O'Broin, accompanied by Cllr Ni Chuilín, met with the Parades Commission today to urge them to reroute the parade away from these contentious areas.

Cllr O'Broin said:

'A large amount of good work from community workers and politicians in both the nationalist and unionist communities in North Belfast has resulted in a lengthy period of calm. Sinn Féin wants to see this good work built upon so that we can all enjoy a quiet and conflict free summer.

'However, the application currently with the Parades Commission for this Friday's Tour of the North includes a number of flash points including Broughm Street, Duncairn Gardens and the interface on Limestone Road.

'We urged the Commission to re-route the parade away from these interfaces. In doing so the Commission would be complementing the important work done in both communities to keep these interfaces calm.' ENDS

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