14/06/2018

Orange Lodge Urged To Withdraw Application To Parade In North Belfast

The Orange Lodge is being urged to withdraw its application to parade through a mixed area of north Belfast.

Sinn Féin made the call and also met with the Parades Commission to object the application.

MLA Gerry Kelly said a number of residents in the area have already made a number of objections.
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He said: "There has never been an Orange parade in this area and we have received several calls and emails from residents worried ​and angered ​by this development. It is a mixed area and clearly this application would create tensions if approved.

"The erection of unionist flags over recent days in Roscoole Park, Mountcoole Park, Kilcoole Park​ and Duncoole Park was clearly ​a ​precursor to this application and an attempt to mark out territory.

"That is wrong and only serves to intimidate residents and create flashpoints were there hasn't​ been any before."

(CD/LM)

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