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O'Hagan - Orange Order Position On Dialogue Not Credible

8 July, 2003


Upper Bann Sinn Féin representative Dr. Dara O'Hagan has claimed that remarks by the Orange Order spokesperson David Jones in today's Irish Times show clearly that the position of the Order regarding dialogue has not changed over the past five years.

Dr O'Hagan said:

" It is clear from Mr Jones remarks that the Orange Order are not prepared to enter into a process of dialogue without first achieving a march down Garvaghy Road. This is not a credible position.

" No process of dialogue or negotiation can have a pre-determined outcome. The issue of contentious marches can only be resolved through a process of genuine and meaningful dialogue. This should be the focus for the Orange Order in the time ahead, not following the already failed agenda of ignoring the expressed wishes of the communities they wish to parade through." ENDS

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