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Protest at Parade Commission offices in Belfast

15 July, 2004

Sinn Fein Councillor for North Belfast, Eoin O'Broin, has called on the Parades Commission to respond publicly to the overturning of its determinations by the PSNI and NIO. Speaking after a protest organised by Sinn Féin and residents from north Belfast outside the Parades Commission offices at Windsor House in Belfast today Cllr O'Broin said:

'Todays protest was organised to express the anger of the nationalist community in Belfast at the NIO and PSNIs overturning of the Parades Commissions determination for the 12th of July march through Ardoyne on Monday. Clearly there was a deal done between Paul Murphy, the PSNI and the Orange Order to facilitate a sectarian march with loyalist supporters through a nationalist community. This deal was in direct contravention of the Parades Commission determination.

'We are calling on the Parades Commission to publicly respond to the overturning of its determination. They need to comment on the implications for future determinations of this weeks events in Ardoyne and Lurgan.

'However the core problem remains the fact that sectarian marches are still forced through nationalist communities and that the Orange Order and other Loyal Institutions refuse to engage in any form of dialogue with nationalist residents. These issues need to be fully resolved if the events in Belfast on Monday and Lurgan on Tuesday of this week are to be avoided in the future.' ENDS

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