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Bands flout rulings outside St Patrick’s Church – Ní Chuilín

12 July, 2014 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín said that loyalist bands had made multiple breaches of a Parades Commission ban on music outside St Patrick's Church in Donegall St.

Carál Ní Chuilín said:

"Several loyalist bands clearly flouted the Parades Commission's ruling that bands should play only a single drumbeat close to and outside St Patrick's Church in Donegall St.

“One band even started to play the infamous Famine Song as they passed the chapel.

"Ultimately the Orange Order is responsible for these breaches as it hires these bands. Time and time again the bands chose to stick two fingers up at the parishioners of St Patrick's.

"The Orange Order claims it wants respect for its expression of culture but respect is a two-way street. 

"The parishioners have demonstrated their willingness to find a solution around agreement on how the parade passes their church.

"A good start would be for the Order to engage with local residents and parishioners with a view to achieving a long-term resolution."

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