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Parades Commission adds insult to nationalist injury in Castlederg

25 August, 2006


Sinn Féin Cllr Charlie Mc Hugh has accused the Parades Commission of adding insult to injury to the nationalist community in Castlederg by determining that protests against their decision to allow Royal Black Preceptory Feeder Parades to coat-trail through nationalist areas of the town four times in total tomorrow (Saturday 26th August) be corralled into a tiny section of Ferguson Crescent.

Cllr. McHugh said,

"Decisions by Parades Commission governing the multitude of Loyal Order parades in Castlederg this year have reinforced the perception among the majority nationalist community that they expect us to be second class citizens in our own town.

"The decision to allow the Royal Black Preceptory to parade through nationalist areas at the top of the town four times in total tomorrow defies logic:

"While the Parades Commission criticized the continued refusal of the Royal Black Preceptory to sit down with local nationalist residents and discuss the vexed issue of contentious parades in Castlederg, it then goes on to reward this intrangincice by allowing the Royal Black Preceptory to march at will through the nationalist Priests Lane, Ferguson Crescent tomorrow.

"In contrast, it has been determined that nationalists protesting against this blatant coat trailing should be corralled into a tiny section of Ferguson Crescent.

"Given the precise and specific details the Parades Commission has issued in relation to where nationalist protesters can stand in comparison to the open ended freedom given to the loyal orders to march where and when they want in Castlederg has added insult to injury and resentment amongst the local nationalist community is continuing growing. ENDS

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