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West Belfast Anger At SDLP Role In Springfield Parades Decision

21 June, 2006


West Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Fra McCann has said that people in the Springfield Road area are angry at the role played by senior SDLP member Joe Hendron in the decision to force the Orange Order parade through their community this weekend.

Mr McCann said:

"Over the course of recent days I have met with many people throughout West Belfast, but particularly in the Springfield Road area, angered at the role played in the Parades Commission decision to force the Orange Order through the local nationalist community by senior SDLP member Joe Hendron.

"Joe Hendron is the most senior SDLP figure in West Belfast. He is a former MP, Assembly member and Councillor for this constituency. He is also a member of the Parades Commission who have decided to once again ride roughshod over the rights of the nationalist community in West Belfast.

"SDLP claims to oppose the Parades Commission determination ring hollow when faced with the fact that one of their most senior party figures was directly involved in making it." ENDS

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