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Proposed GARC parade aimed at raising tensions – Kelly

28 September, 2016 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said a proposed parade on Friday night in the Crumlin Road area was aimed at raising tensions, damaging community relations and provoking confrontation.

Gerry Kelly said:

“The Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) is planning to hold a march this Friday night in opposition to the agreement between the Crumlin Ardoyne Residents Association (CARA) and the three local Orange lodges.

“There are many genuine people who are exercised about the issue of Orange parades. But there are also people associated with GARC who don’t want a resolution to parading and who are associated with anti-peace process political parties.

“It is Sinn Féin’s view we need less evening parades, not more. 

“The proposed GARC parade is clearly aimed at raising tensions, damaging community relations and provoking confrontation.

“Our community does not need any more of our young people ending up in prison as happened following a similar parade some years ago.

“Sinn Féin believes the agreement is a huge step forward.

“It represents the best opportunity to resolve an issue once and for all, which has plagued this community over many, many years.

“I am calling on all political parties to support this agreement.

“If GARC genuinely had the interests of this community at heart they would withdraw the parade immediately.”

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