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Sinn Féin slams Parades Commission decision to allow contentious Orange marches to pass through nationalist community

6 July, 2004

Sinn Fein MLA for North Belfast, Gerry Kelly, has slammed the decision taken by the Parades Commission to allow the contentious Orange marches to pass through the nationalist community of Ardoyne and Mountainview.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

"This is absolutely the wrong decision. The Orange Order time and time again have clearly broken the restrictions placed upon it by the Commission, yet the very same Commission fails to sanction them. People are now asking is this body just there to legitimise sectarian marches?

"Despite last years disgraceful triumphalism, with senior UDA members leading the march, and UVF and UDA flags clearly on display, the residents who objected to this march, protested peacefully and presented well documented evidence of these breaches have been completely ignored.

"I am calling on the Parades Commission to immediately reverse this decision and act as if it has the qualifications to recognise that they have made the wrong decision and once again rewarded the Orange Order for refusing to engage with nationalist residents."ENDS

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