Wise heads need to prevail in Orange Order – Gerry Kelly
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said the Parades Commission’s decision on Saturday’s Orange Order parade to march through the Dales, Mountainview and Ardoyne was the sensible one.
The North Belfast MLA said:
“The Parades Commission did the right thing by standing by their original determination on this route. It has taken the only logical and sensible decision regarding Saturday’s proposed parade.
“Whoever in the Orange Order thought this was a good move needs to reflect on how it has increased tensions and done absolutely nothing to point towards a resolution of the situation.
“The Orange Order in Belfast need to step out of the bubble they are living in. They can not threaten and intimidate people into getting their way and can no longer ignore the feelings of people their parades affect in a negative way.
“What needs to happen now is for the Orange Order to step back from their confrontational mode and for wise heads to prevail. Dialogue between the parade organisers and the residents affected is the way to resolve this issue, not by increasing tensions with further parades.”