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Serious Concerns Expressed Over Lurgan Parade Plans

5 August, 2004


Upper Bann Sinn Féin representatives John O'Dowd MLA and Dr. Dara O'Hagan today met with the Parades Commission to discuss plans by the Apprentice Boys to march through the nationalist William Street area of Lurgan before boarding buses to travel to their annual parade in Derry.

Speaking after the meeting Mr O'Dowd said:

" The Apprentice Boys, in what can only be described as an attempt to raise tensions in Lurgan, have filed to march down William Street before boarding buses to travel to their annual parade in Derry. They have also filed to repeat this coat trailing exercise on their return that evening. There is no logic other than supremacy and domination to explain this exercise.

" I have to say that given the level of anger amongst nationalists in the town following the antics of the PSNI and the RBP in parading through the nationalist end of the town on July 13th in defiance of the Parades Commission, there is no way that a coat trailing exercise down William Street will be accepted next Saturday.

" Having met with the Parades Commission today I am greatly concerned that they will repeat recent mistakes and are seriously considering forcing this parade down William Street. Despite the pronouncements of the Apprentice Boys there has been no substantive dialogue between that group and the local nationalist and republican community." ENDS

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