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Ó Donnghaile expresses "deep disappointment" at Twelfth determination

4 July, 2013

Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has expressed deep disappointment at the determination placed upon the annual Twelfth of July Parade past St Matthews Church in East Belfast.

Speaking today Cllr Ó Donnghaile said;

"I am deeply disappointed by the determination placed upon this stretch of the route by the Parades Commission. It is becoming increasingly clear that they have one approach when it comes to St Patrick's Church yet an entirely different one when it comes to St Matthew's.

"The Orange Order has consistently shown utter contempt for St Matthew's Church and indeed the community in the Short Strand and it is clear that they cannot be trusted to show respect to that community of their own volition.

"I am conscious that this parade is organised by the same organisation responsible for Mondays "Mini-Twelfth" parade, where we saw breach after breach of the PC determination placed upon it.

"It is evident that the Short Stand community and the parishioners of St Matthews can in no way rely on the Parade Commission who year after year allow clear disrespect to go unchecked.

"Short Strand Residents continue to make genuine efforts to engage with the Orange Order which thus far have been ignored.

"I would call on the Orange Order to show leadership, to show respect and to take a voluntary initiative that ensures courtesy and dignity, which up until this point has been severely lacking, are shown to St Matthews Church."

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