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Sinn Féin slams Tour of the North determination by Parades Commission

17 June, 2004

Sinn Féin Councillor for north Belfast Eoin O'Broin has slammed today's determination by the Parades Commission that will allow the Tour of the North march to go ahead unrestricted.

Speaking today Cllr O'Broin said:

"This is clearly the wrong decision. The Parades Commission have taken the decision to force a provocative and sectarian parade through a sensitive interface area. This flies in the face of the hard work that has been going on both sides of the interface to help keep tensions down.

"The fact that there has been a series of security measures for houses on this interface and the installation of CCTV highlights the potential for serious disorder at this flashpoint. The Parades Commission has also ignored the attacks on nationalist homes on Duncairn Gardens at the same march two years ago.

"This is once again a reward for the continued intransigence of the Loyal Orders to engage in dialogue with nationalist residents.

"However, irrespective of the Parades Commissions determination Sinn Fein will be doing all in its power to ensure that things on the ground stay peaceful this weekend and that we have a quite summer." ENDS

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