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O'Donnell - East Belfast parades decision must be upheld

5 June, 2003

East Belfast Sinn Féin Councillor Joe O'Donnell speaking after today's meeting with the Parades Commission has called on them to uphold their original ruling on the parade. Cllr. O'Donnell met with the Parades Commission to discuss their decision to review their ruling regarding this Saturday's proposed Apprentice Boys marches around the Short Strand.

Cllr. O'Donnell said:

"This proposed parade has no history in the area and the fact that the Apprentice Boys wished to march around the Short Strand three times would indicate that the sole aim of this parade is to raise tensions in an area where people are working hard on the ground to maintain calm.

"The Parades Commission made a determination on this parade. In this determination both sides had to compromise. We have tried to sell this decision to nationalists on the ground while there are many within the unionist community who have refused to do so and have instead adopted a

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