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Parades judgement an indictment on Peter Hain

19 May, 2006

Commenting after the High Court in Belfast ruled in favour of the Garvaghy Road residents in their judicial review concerning appointments to the Parades Commission, Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann John O'Dowd today said that Peter Hain's arrogant approach had undermined public confidence in the Commission.

Speaking outside the High Court Mr O'Dowd said:

"The High Court today ruled that Peter Hain in his haste to appoint members of the Orange Order to the Parades Commission ignored the basic procedures which need to be followed in relation to appointments to public bodies. This judgement is a damning indictment on Peter Hain‚s management of this issue.

"Peter Hain has managed to undermine public confidence in the Parades Commission and has made their already hard job all the more difficult. This judicial review was not about David Burrows the individual it was about the manner in which the British government went about appointing the new Parades Commission.

"There now remains a massive job of work for both the British government and the Parades Commission to rebuild public trust in their ability to deliver in a fair and impartial fashion. I t is my belief that two new independent commissioners need to be appointed by following the correct procedures." ENDS

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