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Sinn Féin respond to Parades Commission refusal to review decision

21 June, 2006

Commenting after the Parades Commission refused to review their decision to force two Orange Parades onto the nationalist Springfield Road on Saturday afternoon, local Councillor Tom Hartley said that the decision compounded the wrong decision already taken and he appealed to the Orange Order leadership to engage directly with local residents to resolve the issue.

Cllr Hartley said:

"The original determination by the Parades Commission directly rewarded the Orange Order and the unionist paramilitaries for the violence they engaged in last September.

"I am disappointed that the Parades Commission have decided to refuse the request to review their decision. This is the wrong approach and compounds the wrong decision already taken by the Parades Commission with the initial determination.

"Even at this late stage I would appeal to the leadership of the Orange Order to remove their bar on talking with local residents on the Springfield Road and sit down face to face and try and seek a resolution to this issue." ENDS

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