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Typical SDLP arrogance over Hendron role in parades decision

22 June, 2006

Sinn Féin Assembly member for West Belfast Fra McCann has accused the SDLP of "typical arrogance" after they branded the criticisms of senior member Joe Hendron's role in the Parades Commission determination concerning the Springfield Road parade as "predictable nonsense".

Mr McCann said:

"Since the decision of the Parades Commission to reward the unionist paramilitary violence of last September with a parade along the Springfield Road this weekend there has been growing anger within the community in West Belfast.

"Many people have been rightly questioning the role played in the Parades Commission decision by senior SDLP figure Joe Hendron. It is typical SDLP arrogance to dismiss the genuine concerns of this community as Œpredictable nonsense‚ and does nothing to hide the fact that Mr Hendron has refused to publicly comment on the Parades Commission determination.

"The SDLP cannot have it both ways on this issue. They cannot with credibility claim on one hand to oppose the determination of the Parades Commission while on the other hand ignore the fact that their most senior figure in this area Joe Hendron was part of the decision to force the Orange Order through the community on the Springfield Road, a decision which has been universally condemned within nationalist West Belfast." ENDS

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