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Call for MP to condemn law-breaking by loyalist bands

25 August, 2012 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

North Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has called on local MP Nigel Dodds to make a clear statement condemning the breaches by bands during this morning’s Black Institution parade in Belfast.

The Sinn Féin MLA said:

“The situation arose this morning because of blatant sectarian and provacotive behaviour by a loyalist band outside St Patrick’s Church in July. The determination set by the Parades Commission was not adhered to today and we had a situation where there was a continuous stream of sectarian displays outside the church by the bands involved.

“Local MP Nigel Dodds now needs to come out and make a clear statement condemning these breaches of the determination and law breaking. Political unionism did not help the sitaution by their comments prior to the march. They now need to use their influence to find a resolution to these issues instead of supporting sectarian coat-trailing exercises by any of the Loyal Orders.

“The only way to resolve these contentious parades is for the Loyal Orders to engage in face to face dialogue with residents as has been done in other place like Crumlin earlier this year.”

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