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Ardoyne feeder parade should not be taking place – Kelly

9 August, 2010 - by Gerry Kelly

Commenting on the decision by the Parades Commission to allow an Apprentice Boys feeder parade to pass Ardoyne North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly said;

“The proposed parade this weekend should not be taking place, it is not welcome nor wanted by the residents of Ardoyne, Mountainview or the Dales. It is a feeder parade and will see those participating passing nationalist areas simply to get on a bus to go to Derry.

It is welcome that the grossly offensive Loyalist Flute Band which honours the UVF Killer Brian Robinson, who murdered Paddy McKenna, has been barred from taking part. Supporters have also been banned from taking part.

The issues of contentious parades cannot be resolved without dialogue with the host community. This particular parade is happening in the aftermath of a very bad decision by the Parades Commission regarding the 12th of July. I would call on everyone to ensure that we do not see a repeat of the trouble which flared in the aftermath of the 12th July – the people of Ardoyne do not want this parade inflicted upon them, but neither do they want or deserve to see a repeat of last months violence.” CRÍOCH

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