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Bandsmen’s convictions show the need for respect – Magee

29 April, 2015 - by JJ Magee

Sinn Féin councillor JJ Magee has welcomed the convictions of loyalist bandsmen for their behaviour outside St Patrick's Church. 

Speaking after 13 bandsmen were found guilty, councillor Magee said; 

"The guilty verdicts handed down to these bandsmen today are welcome. 

"It sends out a clear message that sectarianism will not be tolerated. 

"Time and time again bands stick two fingers up to the parishioners of St Patrick's Church. 

"The Orange Order, which hires these bands, claims it wants respect for its expression of culture but they need to realise that respect is a two-way street. 

"I would call on the Orange Order to engage in genuine and meaningful dialogue with local residents and parishioners in order to achieve a long-term solution." 

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