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Black Perceptory Parade needs to ensure no repeat of last years’ breaches

24 August, 2007


Sinn Féin East Belfast representative Niall O'Donnghaile has called on the Black Perceptory to ensure that, as a Christian organisation, there is no repeat of the disgraceful scenes during its parade last year when the 'sash' was played outside St Matthews Church in the Short Strand.

Mr O'Donnghaile said:

"There was frustration locally that despite numerous breaches of the Parades Commission determination last year that there was not a much stronger ruling on this year's parade.

"There is a responsibility on the Black Perceptory, as a Christian organisation, to ensure that there is no repeat of the disgraceful scenes during its parade last year when the 'sash' was played outside St Matthews Church in the Short Strand.

"We all need to recognise that marching within areas where there is deep animosity does little to encourage good community relations. This is an interface area where much good work has gone on in recent months. This should not be undone by anyone wanting to inflame tensions." ENDS

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