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Kelly welcomes Parades Commission decision

3 July, 2014 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has welcomed the decision by the Parades Commission on a contentious section of an Orange Order parade past Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales. 

Speaking after the Parades Commission determination, the North Belfast MLA said; 

"This is the right decision from the Parades Commission and I welcome it. It is consistent with the decision taken by the last commission.

“Since last year’s 12th parade instead of the Orange Order and political unionism accepting the determination they created Camp Twaddell on an interface.

“They continued to raise tension in the area through weekly parades.

“It should be no surprise to them therefore that having made the situation worse instead of better that the Parades Commission taken this decision.    

"Unlike the Orange Order and others we engaged with the Parades Commission ahead of this determination and made them aware of the concerns of people living in the area. 

"We want to see a calm and peaceful summer for all the people of the Greater Ardoyne and Woodvale areas. 

"I would appeal for everyone to respect this decision.

“Those in positions of leadership must do all in their power to avoid doing anything to raise tensions so that we can ensure a peaceful outcome for the local community.”

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