Restrictions placed on Derrylin parade

Published Thursday, 31 July 2014
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A march to commemorate the 1981 hunger strikers in Co Fermanagh has had restrictions placed on it by the Parades Commission.

Over 10,000 people are expected to take part in the parade in the village of Derrylin on Sunday.

There have been calls for the event to be called off with those opposed to it branding it "insensitive".

Organisers Sinn Féin, however, have said the event will be dignified.

On Thursday the Parades Commission placed restrictions on the event.

It ruled that paramilitary-style clothing should not be worn and flags, bannerettes and symbols relating to proscribed organisations should not be displayed.

It also said musical instruments should not bear any inscription to an illegal organisation or depict weaponry of any kind.

The commission said it considered the "divergent and symbolic meaning" of the parade for both those in support and those against the event.

Kenny Donaldson, from the South East Fermanagh Foundation victims group, told UTV some local people are very uneasy about the Parades Commission decision.

He said: "There is actually a deep feeling of anxiousness, some feel there's no need for that parade on their doorstep and they do feel it will very much amount to the glorification of terrorism.

"To my knowledge there isn't a protest planned but there will, as always, be dignified opportunities taken to remember those who lost their loved ones in those areas."

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53 Comments
seanie in dungannon wrote (141 days ago):
any trouble today? thought not
Lazlow Jones in Liberty City wrote (142 days ago):
Sinn Fein; fresh from chinwags with the UK Queen and Israeli Ambassador to the UN; are so scared of losing their support base in Fermanagh they they will scrape to the bottom of the barrel and appear 'Provo'. This is simply electioneering and window-dressing. The only way we can unite Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter is to have an Independent, 9-County, Bipartisan Ulster Republic.
paul in Belfasr wrote (142 days ago):
Funny how the people complaining about a republican parade seem to stay silent for the annual brian robinson parade..
Jos in Belfast wrote (142 days ago):
@Deeko I agree and the same goes for the 4000 Orange parades. Arrest those that intimidate the ordinary residents trying to lead a quiet life.
Big Ian in Belfast, North Ireland wrote (143 days ago):
@ Trevor in Banbridge, it might be worth reading comments like yours if they contained true facts. The oranges to this day celebrate a battle which took place over 400 years ago, do you think chess was used instead of swords?? Last time I looked on the map, Ireland was still Ireland...not england, scotland or Wales.
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