Castlederg initiative will see parade voluntarily re-routed - Cllr McHugh
In order to defuse the contentious scenario created by unionist politicians, Sinn Féin have decided to take an initiative in relation to the Tyrone Volunteers Day commemoration in Castlederg.
Speaking prior to a meeting with the parades commission Cllr Ruairi McHugh said,
‘This parade is organised to show respect for those who gave their lives for this community. It should never have been an issue of controversy- it has been ‘made’ controversial by unionist politicians. We have proposed this initiative to take the controversy out of it while reducing tension.
“Our initiative will consist of choosing to go along John Street which avoids passing the cenotaph and the Methodist church.
“On the back of this initiative, we wish to engage with all key stakeholders in relation to the issue of the town center being designated as a shared space for all traditions, in this mainly nationalist town.
“There has been around 20 unionist parades through the town centre in 2013 so far without objection, we understand and accept peoples Britishness - others need to understand and accept our Irishness.’