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Common sense prevails as Orange March not allowed through Nationalist area

12 July, 2006

Sinn Féin MLA for Mid Ulster, Geraldine Dougan has stated that common sense prevailed in Maghera as an Orange march was not allowed through the nationalist upper end of the town, while the local MP Martin McGuinness praised those on all sides who worked to diffuse a potentially difficult situation.

Mrs Dougan said:

"The Parades Commission decision to try and force this Orange Parade through the Nationalist area of Maghera today was wrong. The Upper main street area of the town is totally Nationalist. I do not understand why Orange bands wish to parade through this area when it is clear that they are simply not welcome. Common sense prevailed and the march rerouted from the Nationalist end of the town."

Local MP Martin McGuinness praised those on all sides who worked to diffuce a potentially difficult situation.

Speaking from Maghera Mr McGuinness said:

"The nonsensical ruling of the Parades Commission to force this parade through the nationalist end of Maghera created a potentially difficult situation. Thankfully people on all sides, including local church leaders worked togther to diffuse this.

"Last Easter Republicans voluntarily re-routed an Easter parade in Maghera and the decsion of the Orange Order to follow suit with their parade this morning was the correct decsion." ENDS

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