McCallion challenges Apprentice Boys over Para displays
Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion will challenge the Apprentice Boys of Derry over the inclusion of imagery relating to the British army’s parachute regiment and 'Soldier F' during last Saturday's parade in the city.
The Foyle MP said:
"The display of insignia relating to the British army's parachute regiment and Soldier F during last Saturday's Apprentice Boys parade in Derry has caused deep anger in the city.
"Agreements had been reached with the Apprentice Boys over many years to ensure respectful, non-contentious parades in Derry. This accommodation was achieved through inclusive dialogue.
“Ahead of Saturday's parade assurances were given that there would be no parachute regiment or Soldier F imagery involved but this agreement was broken.
“Subsequent Apprentice Boys' denials of such an agreement do not stand up to scrutiny and are in direct contravention of the accounts from the PSNI and the Bogside Residents Group.
"I am seeking an urgent meeting with the Apprentice Boys to challenge this act of bad faith and the disgraceful disrespect for the Bloody Sunday families and the broader Derry community.
"Agreements made must be honoured or they lose all meaning and I intend to make that absolutely clear to the Apprentice Boys."