Rasharkin residents ‘bemused’ at parade claims
North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said that no deal has been done between the Orange Order and residents in regard to the 12th July parade in Rasharkin.
“There is some bemusement & much concern in Rasharkin at the reports that a secret deal has been done in regard to the 12th of July demonstration in Rasharkin.
“The Orange Order decided to move the demonstration field away from the Community Centre where the Rasharkin Residents Association has an annual fun day in July. This was a common sense move and it was welcomed. Residents however have been aware of this for many weeks.
“Trying to create the false impression that the Orange Order are engaged in direct and meaningful talks with residents is not only false it undermines the position of the Residents Association who work to outline the true picture of the parades situation in Rasharkin to the Parades Commission each year.
“We want to see a peaceful summer in the village. Residents would want to see some guarantees in regard to the behaviour of parade participants in places such as the Finvoy Road after incidents there at the last demonstration. The Orange Order should talk to residents in advance of the 12th of July parade about all issues of concern."