31/05/2013

Orange Order Withdraws Application To Use Portadown Peoples Park

Portadown Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Duffy has welcomed the Orange Order’s decision to withdraw their application to use Portadown Peoples Park as part of their Mini Twelfth parade in the town.

Councillor Paul Duffy said: "There will be a collective sigh of relief across all sections of the community in Portadown that common sense has prevailed. The Orange Order’s actions in seeking to raise tensions in Portadown was a huge mistake.
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"However, the Orange Order's call for Craigavon Council to reject a £7m investment in the People’s Park is also a mistake.

"The council needs to press ahead with the project and build a shared space in the People’s Park. To walk away from the EU supported Shared Space project would see the council throw away the tools required to build the shared space the Orange Order claim to want.

"The council must now move forward with this much needed investment from the EU and build a People’s Park, which all of the people of Portadown can be proud of."

(CD)

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