Published Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Ten men died in the 1981 Hunger Strike at the H-Blocks in the Maze. (© Pacemaker)
Sinn Féin has announced that up to 10,000 people are expected to attend the event in Derrylin next month to commemorate the 1981 hunger strikes.
The village witnessed several IRA murders during the Troubles and local UUP politician Tom Elliott said there is concern that the march will cause offence.
The Fermanagh MLA called on Sinn Féin to rethink the idea.
"The hunger strikers were by and large members of the IRA and some of them carried out atrocities within that Derrylin area so obviously I do think it's very insensitive," Mr Elliott told UTV.
"It's re-traumatising those families who had loved ones murdered and I just think it's extremely unfair to those people."
The annual parade is scheduled to take place on 3 August and local Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew said work is underway to minimise any disruption in Derrylin.
She continued: "I am proud that Fermanagh has been selected to stage the National Hungerstrike Commemoration given the fact that Bobby Sands was elected to represent this constituency in 1981.
"The annual commemoration is not only a dignified parade to honour Irish hunger strikers but a series of events including lectures, displays and youth events that allow people to remember the sacrifice made by these men.
"The commemoration attracts up to 10,000 people so there is also an economic benefit to the local businesses as many people travel to the area.
"The organising committee is already working with the local community to minimise any disruption during the parade and ensure that the event is successful."
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