Parades body aware of Dungiven concerns

Published Wednesday, 29 August 2012
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Information has been requested from the PSNI in relation to a republican parade in Co Londonderry earlier this month, after concerns were raised about a band playing outside a Protestant church.

Parades body aware of Dungiven concerns
The republican band stopped outside the Church of Ireland building in Dungiven. (© YouTube)

The Parades Commission issued a statement on Wednesday to say it was aware of the concerns - both about the band and displays of inappropriate material - and would be examining complaints.

"Neither of these parades were considered contentious and therefore the Commission had made no determination upon them," a spokesperson said.

"However, all parades are covered by our Code of Conduct which sets out clear expectations of proper behaviour and prohibits inappropriate displays."

The Commission may now write to the organisers and invite them to respond to the matters raised.

East Londonderry DUP MP Gregory Campbell said he had raised issues about hunger strike commemorations in Dungiven last year and that the problem should not have re-occurred.

"The failure of the Parades Commission to deal with this matter, while taking a contradictory stance in dealing with Loyal Order parades, is totally undermining their role in adjudicating on the parades issue," Mr Campbell said.

In the wake of the parade on Sunday 5 August, TUV leader Jim Allister said it was a serious matter which needed proper investigation.

He said: "IRA supporters appear to have been bussed into Dungiven from all over Northern Ireland and the Republic to celebrate the exploits of a terrorist."

"The fact that a minister in the Stormont Executive - Michelle O'Neill - addressed this event, while Martin McGuinness took pride of place in the parade, raises serious questions for their partners in government."

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41 Comments
orville in derry wrote (813 days ago):
can we not all live in piece,after all we are all Gods' children.
Roy in Ballymena wrote (814 days ago):
@Catch Yourselves On think you need to take a wee walk around, I think you will find the Orange Hall in Dungiven. Apart from that Dungiven is another example of a town Born from The Church of Ireland that has had the protestant majority removed
dave in uk wrote (814 days ago):
The fact that stormont ministers addressed this gathering to pay tribute to a terrorist ,just shows what a rotten farce stormont is ,and more shocking is that so called decent law abiding people are prepared to support it.Northern ireland is no longer a place i feel proud to come from.
senseprevails in Belfast wrote (814 days ago):
What’s really noticeable here is how nationalist/republicans are able to condemn the actions of those republicans that paraded outside a Protestant church (even though there’s a war memorial there, giving them good reason to be there) yet when it comes to the Orange Order they act like they can do no wrong. It’s the Unionist people who are the victims here with the likes of the Orange order giving them a false sense of triumph, how long will it be until sense prevails?
peter in Londonderry wrote (815 days ago):
This week Gregory concentrates on Dungiven, last week it was Claudy. I would admire him if he wasn't so one sided. I mean, the same day the of the Claudy bombings, there was a murderous attack in the Waterside , his home place, and 5 of his neighbours, 4 Catholics and 1 Protestant, were slaughtered by loyalist murderers. I have never heard a peep out of him about that incident. Neither have I ever heard of him condemning the Greysteel massacre. Gregory, you are a miscievious little bigot looking for votes from your like.
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