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Hain Should Abandon Appeal Plans And Appoint Impartial Parades Commissioners

23 May, 2006

Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann John O’Dowd today said that Peter Hain should stop wasting public money in launching an appeal against the High Court decision on appointments to the Parades Commission and get on with the job of restoring public confidence in the body by appointing impartial commissioners.

Mr O’Dowd said:

“I was surprised this morning when I heard Peter Hain announce that he intended to spend public money launching an appeal against the damning judgement of the NIO approach to appointments to the Parades Commission.

“It would suit Mr Hain better if he recognised that the way in which he has approached the appointments process to public bodies like the Parades Commission has done immense damage to public confidence and he got on with the job of putting this situation right rather than wasting taxpayers money trying to justify the unjustifiable.

“What Peter Hain needs to do now is fill the two vacant positions on the Parades Commission with two genuinely independent people who can take these difficult decisions impartially and free from bias.” ENDS

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