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Sinn Féin calls on Parades Commission to stop 12th parades going past Ardoyne

1 July, 2004

Sinn Féin Councillors Eoin O'Broin and Margaret McClenaghan today met with the Parades Commission and urged them 'to block the proposed 12th of July parades along the contentious section of the Crumlin at the Ardoyne shops'.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr O'Broin said:

"The 12th parade is the largest and most contentious parade along the Crumlin Road. It has been the scene of serious trouble in previous years.

"Sinn Féin has long argued that the only way to resolve this long standing dispuite is for the loyal intitutions to engage in serious dialogue with nationalist residents.

"Unfortunately the local orders continue to refuse all offers of dialogue. Nationalist residents must not be treated as second class citizens.

"It is encumbent on the Parades Commission to send a clear signal to the loyal institutions that untill such dialogue begins no parades can be permited along the contentious section of the route. There should be no rewards for intransigence." ENDS

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