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Sinn Féin slams Parades Commission decision on North Belfast march

26 August, 2003

Sinn Féin Councillor for Ardoyne Margaret McClenaghan, has slammed today's Parades Commission determination allowing a Royal Black Preceptory march to pass by Ardoyne and Mountainview on Saturday the 30th of August.

Speaking today Cllr McClenaghan said:

"The decision by the Parades Commission to allow the Royal Black Preceptory to march past Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales is pure and simply wrong.

"Each year we are seeing Orange, Black and Apprentice Boys marches being allowed to march through a nationalist community while local residents are subject to militaristic operations hemming them into their homes.

"This is despite the continual best efforts of the local residents and their community and political representatives, who have attempted to foster dialogue in order to achieve a long term resolution. However there is no reciprocation whatsoever coming from any of the Loyal Orders.

"The Parades Commission have time and time again turned a blind eye to this fact and have rewarded the Orders for their intransigence. It is high time these senseless determinations ended and pressure is brought to bear upon the Orders to sit down and talk with nationalists residents." ENDS

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