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Sinn Fein welcome decision of RBP to stay away from Short Strand

23 August, 2004

Sinn Fein Belfast Councillor, Belfast Deputy Mayor Joe O'Donnell has welcomed the decision of the RBP to board buses rather than parade past the nationalist Short Strand area yesterday.

Cllr O'Donnell said:

"This is a welcome decision. Hopefully we can now build on this decision of the Black Preceptory to voluntarily re-route this parade away from a contentious areas. It is encouraging to see any of the Loyal Orders abandon so-called traditional routes in favour of pragmatism.

"It is important that the Loyal Orders look at how they can move away from creating contentious parades and damaging community relations. Where Loyal Orders have engaged in genuine dialogue with residents groups there has been progress and where the loyal orders take the mature decision to stay away from nationalist areas obviously there is also progress." ENDS

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