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Gerry Adams meets with Parades Commission

30 June, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP led a party delegation today to meet with the Parades Commission. The meeting was at Sinn Féin's request and came in the wake of last week's disgraceful decision to force an Orange parade through the Springfield Road community. The delegation consisted of Alex Maskey MLA, Cllr. Tom Hartley, Gerry Kelly MLA and Kathy Stanton MLA.

Mr Adams said:

"Our view is that the Parades Commission collapsed last week in the face of threats by unionist politicians and unionist paramilitaries.

"It was an act of moral cowardice which has left a deep sense of hurt among the Springfield Road residents who worked very hard to find a resolution. The reality is that those who didn't try to find a resolution were rewarded.

"This was a reprehensible decision which will have ramifications in the future. The decision by the Parades Commission has cheapened the process of dialogue as a means of resolving difficult issues.

"The Commission gave us an explanation which we didn't accept. They said they would reflect on the points we put to them but I have to say that our delegation was far from impressed by this." ENDS

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