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Call for Apprentice Boys to voluntarily re-route away from Ardoyne

5 August, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams this morning met with the Parades Commission. Mr. Adams was accompanied by north Belfast MLAs Gerry Kelly and Kathy Stanton and Councillor Margaret McClenaghan.

Speaking after the meeting, which last around one hour, Mr. Adams said:

"Our meeting dealt at some length with the events of July 12th on the Crumlin Road and the overturning by the PSNI and NIO of a decision by the Parades Commission.

"We told the Commission that we are seriously concerned by recent events and by the potential for more difficulties in the time ahead.

"At a public meeting in Ardoyne last night the deep-seated anger over events in July was clearly evident.

"The march by the Apprentice Boys on August 14th, which goes through the nationalist areas of Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales, is a coat-trailing exercise and should not be permitted by the Commission.

"I would appeal to the Apprentice Boys in the interests of good neighbourliness and common sense, to be magnanimous and voluntarily agree to travel to Derry without walking first through a nationalist area." ENDS

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