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Sinn Féin comment on Parades Commission appointments

30 November, 2005

Commenting tonight on media reports that leading Orange Order figure David Burrows is amongst those appointed by the British government to the new Parades Commission, Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey said:

"Obviously the entire make up of the new Parades Commission has yet to be revealed, but many nationalists will be deeply concerned at the appointment of an individual like David Burrows to the position. Mr Burrows has been to the forefront of the campaign to force an unwanted and unwelcome sectarian parade through the nationalist community in Portadown, a campaign that has resulted in significant violence including the murder of innocent nationalists.

"In the past the Parades Commission has failed to reflect community balance and Sinn Féin will scrutinise closely the make up of the new Commission and the backgrounds of those appointed when it is announced tomorrow.

"The British government need to realise that that cannot play politics with groups like the Parades Commission in order to deliver a political sop to rejectionist and negative unionism." ENDS

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