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Questions for Orange Order after Edenderry re-route

15 July, 2004

Belfast Sinn Féin Councillor Eoin O'Broin has said that the decision of the Orange Order to re route their annual Belfast parade away from Edenderry, proved the fact that there is no such thing as a traditional route that cannot be changed to reflect new realities.

Cllr. O'Broin said:

"The Orange Order re-routed their annual Belfast 12th Parade away from the field at Edenderry for their own strategic reasons. It gives a lie to the position often articulated by the Order that their marches are traditional and routes cannot be changed to reflect new realities.

"The fact that the Orange Order will not adopt this approach to marches through nationalist areas underlines for many the inherently sectarian nature of the parades and the rational behind them. The Loyal Orders organise upwards of 3000 parades each year. A very small number are contentious. If the Loyal Orders adopted the approach with these contentious parades as seen with the re-routing from Edenderry voluntarily then I think that this would be a step forward.

"The challenge which now faces the leadership of the Loyal Orders and the leadership of unionism in the wake of the Twelfth is to prepare for a future free from supremacist and contentious parades." ENDS

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