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Springfield Road decision bizarre

5 July, 2005

West Belfast Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Hartley today said that the Parades Commission had made a mistake in allowing an Orange Order march to proceed through Workman's and along the Springfield Road on the Twelfth morning.

Cllr. Hartley said:

" The recent decision of the Parades Commission to direct the Orange Order away from Workman's and through the Mackies site had the potential to defuse much of the parade tensions on the Springfield Road. However the Orange Order chose to defy the Commission and instead held a protest rally on the Shankill Road.

" This action was hardly that of an organisation seeking to ease tensions and seek an accommodation with local residents on the Springfield Road. It seems bizarre to many that within weeks of that determination and with the blatant defiance of it by the Order that a parade along that route has now been given the go ahead.

" It will be of some consolation to local people that they will not have to put up with a return parade which has in the past often descended to little more than a drunken mob staggering home from the field shouting sectarian abuse at local residents.

" Sinn Féin will meet with the local community on the Springfield Road in the coming days to try and ensure that the immediate period passes off peacefully." ENDS

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