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Sinn Féin MLA condemns sectarian breaching of Parades Commission determination

10 November, 2012 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has condemned the breaching of the Parades Commission determination by a band at the Apprentice Boys’ march past St Patrick’s Church and Carrickhill this morning.

The North Belfast MLA said:

“The Apprentice Boys’, Parades Commission, PSNI and unionist politicians need to come out clearly and condemn this blatantly sectarian and provocative action by the Dunmurry Protestant Boys’ band who played the sectarian ‘Famine song’ during the march. They also need to take action against against the band.

“Residents entered into discussions with the Apprentice Boys’ prior to the march in good faith. But the Apprentice Boys’ can not think that they will enter into these discussions just to get a favourable determination by the Parades Commission.

“This is the fourth time that the Parades Commission determinations have been broken on this route and the residents feel that their good faith in trying to reach a resolution to the situation is being treated with contempt.

“Sinn Féin will continue to support the residents in their attempts to reach a genuine resolution but that needs to be reciproctated by the Loyal Orders. Meaningful dialogue is the way but the residents patience is wearing thin with these repeated breaches and a lack of consistency by the Parades Commission determinations.”

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