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Band playing at church ‘an act of defiance’ !!!

A FLUTE band played music outside a Catholic church in “a concerted act of defiance” at parading restrictions, a court heard on Monday. Fists were pumped in the air as Pride of Ardoyne passed St Patrick’s Church in Donegall Street, North Belfast, prosecutors claimed.

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A judge was told of the alleged  demeanor and behaviour of some as two drummers denied a charge of knowingly flouting a condition imposed by the Parades Commission. Co Down man Thomas Beresford, was sentenced to three months for the offence during last year’s Ulster Covenant centenary parade. On Mr Michael Cosby and Richard Dunn insisted they were unaware that only a single drum beat was to be played on the contentious stretch of their route along Donegal Street. Eyesight and reading limitations formed part of the defence case. Their case, in which the verdict was reserved, comes less than a week after a bandsman was jailed for flouting a Parades Commission determination by playing sectarian tunes while passing St Matthew’s Catholic Church in East Belfast. Mr Cosby (51) of Wheatfield Drive, and Mr Dunn (26) from Alliance Road – both in Belfast – are jointly accused of failing to comply with the determination in August last year. The alleged breach occured as their band made its way into the city centre during the Royal Black Institution parade. Belfast Magistrates Court heard police had put signs along the route and on Land Rovers warning of the restriction.

Co Down man Thomas Beresford, sentenced to three months for playing sectarian music.

The band appeared to be playing The Dambusters tune as it passed the Catholic church. CCTV footage of the incident also showed protesters holding a banner stating: “Respect St Patrick’s Church”. John O’Neill QC, prosecuting, argued that band members should have realised from the signs and conter-demonstration that it was not an ordinary situation. Dealing with the demeanour of some of those in and following Pride of Ardoyne, he said: “There are fists being pumped in the air and there are shouts at the crowd. “The prosecution suggest this isn’t a band innocently and accidentally playing music they shouldn’t. “Rather, it’s a concerted act of defiance.” He acknowledged, however, that neither defendant was seen pumping their fists. Both men insisted they were never told of the single drumbeat condition and spotted no notifications. Mr Cosby, a bass drummer who has been in the band for 35 years, told the court he only had vision in one eye. “I just didn’t see the signs,” he said. “I wasn’t told on the day about the determination.” Mr Dunn, a side drummer who joined Pride of Ardoyne 21 years ago, was just as adamant. As part of his defence he said his focus was on his two children parading directly in front of him. His limited reading abilities were also cited. “I can read but not great. The wife helps the kids with homeworks,” he said. Keith Gamble, defending, argued that neither of his clients had a case to answer. “It should be for the prosecution to prove that the defendant knowingly failed to comply,” he said. “It’s not enough to say we put signs up and they should have seen the signs.” However, District Judge Amanda Henderson refused the defence attempt to have the case thrown out. She will study the CCTV footage again before giving her verdict later this month.

With thanks to: The Irish News.

Loyalist bandsman jailed for playing The Sash outside Catholic church

A LOYALIST bandsman has been jailed for breaching a Parades Commission determination by playing The Sash outside a Catholic church.

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In what is beleived to be the first case of its kind, Co Down man Thomas Beresford was sentenced to three months behind bars for flouting the ban on playing sectarian music during last year’s Ulster Covenant centenary parade. A co-accused had his three-month jail term suspended yesterday at Belfast Magistrates Court, while another member had his case adjourned until the new year. The banbsmen had been identified in footage of the Holywood True Blues band playing The sash as they passed St Matthew‘s on Newtownards Road in east Belfast on September 29. The commission had ruled that only hymns or a single drumbeat could be played as they passed the church.

The development came as police cobfirmed they had closed their investigation into a loyalist bandsman caught on camera urinating outside St Matthew’s during the same parade. There was outrage in the wake of the incident, with the Orange Order describing the bandsman’s actions as “outrageous and unacceptable”. Although it is known which band he belonged to, police have never been able to identify the bandsman. A police spokesman said the “corresponding police investigation into this summary of evidence could not conclusively identify the individual”. “As with any summary offence, it becomes statute-barred after a six month period, which therefore means that this investigation is now closed.” The covenant parade – which brought thousands of Orangeman, bands and supporters onto the streets to mark the centenary of the signing of the document opposing Home Rule – had been marred by sectarian scenes and multiple parade ruling breaches. Loyalist residents held up banners that read ‘We don’t want hymns’ and ‘Play Loud and Proud’ during the march near St Matthew’s. Some stopped brefiy outside the church while banned tunes such as The sash and the Famine Song were played. Beresford, of Strathearn Court in Holywood, has been released on bail pending a date for appeal.

Police close probe into urinating loyalist!

“Outrageous and unacceptable”

POLICE have closed their investigation into a loyalist bandsman caught on camera urinating outside a Catholic church during an Orange Order parade in Belfast last year.

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The man, a member of Burnside Sons of Ulster from near Doagh, Co Antrim was photographed urinating outside St Matthew’s Catholic Churh during the Ulster Covenant centenary parade last September. Police said yesterday that they had not managed to identify the man and have now closed their investigation in line with the law. The Orange Order launced their own probe (ha,ha,ha,) but the bandsman was never identified. The Orange Order would only say that the band had expressed “regret” (another fucking joke) and sent its members on a “good relations course” (are they having a fucking laugh). The development comes after a bandsman was jailed on Tuesday for breaching a Parades Commission ruling at the same parade. Thomas Beresford is beleived to be the first person jailed for breaching a determination after playing sectarian songs outside the Catholic church. There were angry scenes in Belfast Magistrates Court as the 21-year-old, from Strathearn Court in Holywood, was sentenced to serve three months in jail for floutinga ban on playing non-sacred music while passing St Matthew’s. Relatives of the bass drummer were warned to be queit after they shouted in court that the sentence was “a disgrace”. A district judge said having “considered a pre-sentence report” was of the opinion that the offence “was so serious that only such a sentence can be justified”.

His co accused 28-year-old Stephen Walker, from Church Green in Holywood, had a three-month jail term suspended for 18 months. A third band member Darren Walker (20), from Thornleigh Park in Lisburn, had his case adjourned until the new year. Breaching a parades commission ruling is a summary offence, which was normally dealt with in the past by way of a fine of probation orders. The men had been identified in footage of the Holywood True Blues band playing The Sash as they passed the Newtownards Road church in east Belfast, on September 29. The parades body had ruled that only hymns or a single drum beat could be played by bands as they passed the church. Police displayed flashing signs warning ‘Sacred tunes, hymns only from this point’ as bandsmen approached. At a previous hearing a judge described claims by bandsmen that they had not seen flashing warning signs as “inconceivable and incredible”. Beresford was released on bail pending a date for the appeal. There were a catalogue of breaches of the commissions determination amid sectarian scenes at the east Belfast flashpoint during last year’s Covenant parade. Loyalist residents held up banners stating ‘We don’t want hymns’ and ‘Play Loud and Proud’ during the march. Many of the bands taking part in the return leg of the march breached the parades commission ruling. Some stopped briefly outside the church while banned tunes such as The Sash and The Famine Song were played. Bands who adhered to the ruling and played a single drum beat were jeered by some of those lining the route.

With many thanks to: Allison Morris and Claire Simpson, The Irish News.

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SINN FEIN MLA: PUB THREAT HARKS BACK TO THE TROUBLES ‘

‘Looking back, a lot of Catholic pubs were targeted. This is just a bad reminder of that - Alex Mackey.

A LOYALIST paramilitary warning to publicans not to serve Catholics is reminiscent to a very sinister period during the Troubles, a Sinn Fein MLA has said.

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Alex Mackey spoke out about the threat in Larne, Co Antrim, after unearthing a piece of Troubles-related memorabilia – a flyer which was once distributed warning Protestants not to drink in Catholic bars because to do so could “seriously damage your health”. Mr MMackey said the leaflet found in a Protestant bar in the Ravenhill Road area of east Belfast was given to him in 1972. He said it had been distrbuted at a time when Catholic bars were being targeted by loyalist paramilitaries, resulting in murders and soundings in bomb and gun attacks. Mr Maskey said the leaflets, used as beer mats, were issued to Protestants to warn them not to frequent Catholic bars because they might be bombed.

Loyalist paramilitaries are said to have visited at least five bars in Larne last Saturday to warn staff not to serve Catholics. The move led some publicans to consider increasing security at their premises and prompted another Sinn Fein MLA to urge police to “look at Larne as a priority”. Mr Maskey said the threat was “reminiscent of a very sinister period, whenever people were being killed in bombs and shooting attacks on bars”. The latest warnings were “a twist” on the decades-old leaflet, he said. Mr Mackey said it was a “sickening reminder” of the past when bars were targeted “because of the religion of patrons and owners”. “Looking back, a lot of Catholic pubs were targeted,” he said. “There was a campaign on that sector. This is just a bad reminder of that.”

With many thanks to : Marie Louise McCrory, The Irish News.

PUBLICANS TOLD: DON’T SERVE CATHOLICS !!!

LOYALIST paramilitaries are said to have warned some Larne publicans not to serve Catholics. Sinn Fein MLA Oliver McMullan said at least five bars in the Co An trim town had been visited on Saturday by loyalist paramilitaries who issued the warnings.

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Mr McMullan urged police to “look at Larne as a priority” after visits which he said had led some publicans to debate increasing security.He said he was “concerned that the ongoing tensions between unionist paramilitaries in the Larne area is now manifesting itself in a sectarian campaign against local Catholics”. “Sime of the pubs are now considering introducing buzzer-style entrances to protect their premises,” Mr McMullan said. “This would be a retrograde step back into the days of the conflict and bar ownes should not be put under this pressure. “At a time when people are attemping to pomote Larne we see that unionist paramilitaries are determined to put their stamp on the town, making it an unwelcome place for many people.” Chief Inspector John Magill said police were “awre of recent allegations concerning intimidation in Larne town centre”. “Police are determined to tackle criminality including intimidation,” he said. “We are committed to protecting the community against criminal elements but the bottom line is that we need the assistance of the community so I would again ask that people come forward and help with our enquries.”

With many thanks to : Marie Louise McCrory, The Irish News.

BANDSMEN TO FACE COURT A YEAR AFTER St PATRICK’S FURORE

‘The decision has been taken to prosecute 15 individuals in relation to an incident at St Patrick‘s Church on July 12 2012 – PPS spokeswoman.

FIFTEEN members of a loyalist band filmed playing sectarian music while marching in circles outside a Catholic church are set to be prosecuted. Controversy erupted after members of Young Conway Volunteers were recorded playing the ‘Famine Song‘ at St Patrick’s Church in Belfast city centre on the Twelfth of July last year.

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The song contains anti-Catholic and anti-Irish lyrics and is sung by Glasgow Rangers supporters and loyalists. The episode, which made international headlines, was blamed for making the St Patrick’s area a new parading flashpoint and stoking wider tensions across the north of the city. More than a year after the footage emerged, it is understood band members are to be prosecuted for the offence of “doing a provocative act”. Since last years parade – part of the main Twelfth procession through Belfast city centre – parishioners at St Patrick’s and local residents have objected to loyal order marches passing the church and the nearby nationalist district of Carrick Hill. Based on the Shan kill Road, the Young Conway Volunteers band was formed in 2007 for the “preservation and promotion” of the memory of Thomas Skinner – a member of the UVF youth wing, the Young Citizen Volunteers, who died in 2003.

The band caused more controversy last August when it defied a Parades Commission ruling not to take part in a Royal Black Institution parade past St Patrick’s. Violence flared when a large number of bands also broke a commission determination by playing music as they passed the church. Members of Young Conway Volunteers took part in this year’s Twelfth parade past St Patrick’s with a band called Young Citizens Volunteers. To date only one person has been convicted of offences a raising out of the July 2012 incident outside St Patrick’s. In March this year William Bell (48), known as Billy, admitted assaulting north Belfast man JJ Magee. Bell waved a club-shaped stick at the Sinn Fein member as he was filming the YCV band outside the church. It is understood members of the band will appear in court later this month.

A spokeswoman for the Public Prosecution Service confirmed: “The decision has been taken to pprosecute 15 individuals in relation to an incident at St Patrick’s Church on July 12 2012.” Meanwhile, security is set to be tight around St Patrick’s this weekend when the Apprentice Boys parade takes place past the church on Saturday involving one band and up to 55 people. The band taking part has been ordered to play only hymns from the junction of Clifton Street and West Link and Donegal Street and Union Street. Nationalists residents have also been given permission to hold a protest during the parade.

With many thanks to : Connla Young, The Irish News.

PROSPECT OF THOUSANDS GATHERING IN CITY CENTER REAL CONCERN FOR POLICE

ANALYSIS - Connla Young.

WHILE many will take part in Friday’s parade to highlight claims of “internment by remand”, some will also see it as a platform to reclaim a significant date in the republican calendar.

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The introduction of internment on August 9 1971 saw the detention without trial of thousands of young Catholics across the north. A watershed moment in the early Troubles, which made headlines around the world,  it had unintended effect of converting morderate nationalists to the republican cause. Traditionally rRepublicans marked the anniversary witht the lighting of bonbone fires in nationalist areas, which often resulted in violent clashes with police. In recent years Sinn Fein has aa banded the bonfire tradition and attempted to remove tensions by creating the Fleadh around the August date. Opponents have claimed this was part of a process of steering its traditional support away from street politics. In that context, some anti-agreement republicans see Friday’s parade as an opportunity to showcase opposition to Sinn Fein’s strategy, both to the party leadership and wider political establishment.

However, the parade is also being used as an outlet for anger by loyalists involved in flag and other protests this year. Two of the five protests planned at Royal Avenue involve groups set up by leading figures from the Union Flag protests. Despite the parade not directly passing any loyalist areas in North Belfast. Orangemen in the area are also planning to travel to the city centre for a demonstration. Coming after strong police criticism of protests held against restrictions placed on a July 12 parade at Ardoyne, this represents a departure for the organization. Until now it is not thought to have organised any protests at republican parades. Given the serious disruption caused to city centre traders and commuters by the flag protests, and the violence seen on July 12 when loyalists gathered to protest at Ardoyne, the prospect of thousands of republicans and loyalists gathering in the city centre on Friday will be a source of obvious concern for police in the coming days.

With many thanks to : Connla Young, The Irish News.

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ABUSE COVER-UP CLERICS MUST GO !!!

LATEST CHAPTER OF MURPHY REPORT IS TRULY SHOCKING

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CHAPTER 20 of the Murphy Report was published last weekend.

In 62 pages it illustrates the true evil of clerical child sex abuse. Furthermore it depicts the Church, particularly in the Dublin Archdiocese during the 1980s, as conniving, uncaring, oppressive and deceitful organisation.

I was a priest, and a parish priest, in Dublin during that time and I served in different capacities under all three archbishops – Dermot Ryan, Kevin McNamara and Does Connell. For much of that period I was a member of the Council of Priests for the Archdiocese. In all that time I never once heard of, or discussed, the abuse of children by clerics. Now I learn that among those who once reported me for what I was writing in The Sunday World, was a convicted  serial abuser of children. He was listened to by the authorities and needless to relate, I wasn’t. Chapter 20 is hard to read because it uncovers the deliberate and planned way that the Archbishops and their cohorts brought their power to bear to protect at least one abuser.

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They knew that children were being abused in the Dublin Archdiocese and in a number of other countries, yet they didn’t care for those children or for the misery they’ve had to endure since. They were more interested in making sure the alleged good name of the Catholic Church was protected. To help them in their deceit, they sucked in to their web of dishonest intrigue anyone who could help maintain the status quo. They especially used their influence over what can only be described as misguided Gardai. The State and the Church combined to protect the abuser and to cause even more pain to the innocent victims. Furthermore when Brendan Smith was exposed, almost 10 years later in the 90s, some of these senior clerics used the excuse that they had no idea what a paedophile was. We now know that was a lie. Ten years earlier they knew the damage a peadophile priest could do; they already knew that even after treatment they would continue to distroy innocent children for their own sexual gratification; they knew from their experence that the sexual abuse of children is a heinous crime which needs to be exposed and the perpetrators thrown out of the priesthood. Yet these Archbishops supressed the truth. That much is clear from the conclusions of this chapter of the Murphy Report. Insurance had been taken out against the possibility of claims arising from the sexual abuse of children, yet little was done to protect the children themselves. As Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has wisely repeated: “The hurt done to a child through sexual abuse is horrific. Betrayal of trust is compounded by the theft of self-esteem. The horror can last a lifetime. … The Archdiocese of Dublin failed  to recognise the theft of childhood which survivors endure and the diocese failed in its response to them….. For that no words of apology will ever be sufficient”. And the Archbishop, dispite the criticism he receives from others wihin the clerical church, is absolutely right when he says, “There are still those who would challenge the work of the Murphy Commission. What happened to children in the Church of Jesus Christ in the Archdiocese of Dublin must never be forgotten”. It is only fair to state that there are now many dedicated and trained child safeguarding volunteers throughout the country, including Dublin, who work tirelessly to ensure that children are as safe as possible in churches today.

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I am more convinced than ever that there was collusion at the highest level of our church with what went on. There are lpeople in positions of power who have no right to be still in place in a church which respects basic morality. Personally I still trust Pope Francis. It’s the first time in a decade I’ve been able to say that about Vatican personnel. I hope he will promote decent leaders in our Church and that freedom to live the Gospel as Christ would want us, is restored to priests and laity alike. One simple extract from Chapter 20 of Murphy should be sufficient. It says that Archbishop Dermot Ryan “protected Fr McCabe, (as serial abuser) to an exextraordinary extent; it seemed that the welfare of children did not play any part in the Archbishop’s decisions”. Furthermore “the bishops decided to let him (Patrick McCabe) go to the USA. They ineeffect, set him loose  on the unsuspecting population of Stockton, California. There is no record that they notified the Bishop of Stockton of his arrival”. It’s galling to think that I was once deluded by such deceitful leadership.

With many thanks to : Fr Brian D’Arcy, Sunday World.

Email address: father.Brian@sundayworld.com

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STOP SECTARIAN HATRED SAYS CARDINAL’S AIDE

A SENIOR Catholic cleric has spoken out against the “sectarian hatred of Catholics” shown during some Twelfth of July celebrations. Fr Tim Bartlett, an adviser to Cardinal Sean Brady, said most Orange parades had been “jjoyful, positive celebrations” but that “totally unacceptable sectarian hatred and propaganda” was linked to some demonstrations and bonfires.

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He highlighted issues ranging from the statue of Our Lady that had been placed on an onlit Twelfth bonfire “to effigies of priests in the most tragic of circumstances, which is simply depraved, right through to the playing of The Sash outside a Catholic Church“. He said there was “excuse-making, not least from some Protestant ministers in the public domain” for some sectarianism. Fr Bartlett said sectarianism was at odds with the “many fine people” he knew within the Protestant and Orange community and called on unionists and Protestant Church leaders to tackle the issue.

Presbyterian minister and Orange grand chaplain the Rev Mervyn Gibson has been criticised for his emotive Twelfth speech and his praise of loyalist flag protesters. “Let this generation not be found wanting. Do not fight the war on yesterday’s battlefield – fight the war on today’s battleground as we unite to get rid of the Parades Commission,” he told Orangemen on Friday. Former Presbyterian moderator Dr Norman Hamiliton said on Sunday that the “case for civil disobedience” did not “stand up to either biblical or public scrutiny” but that Mr Gibson must speak “for himself”. “I personally, and the Presbyterian Church, totally, utterly, abhor any expression of sectarianism in any way,” he said. Meanwhile, parishioners at St Matthew’s Catholic Church in east Belfast, which was targeted by loyalists on Friday night, heard on Sunday that Bishop of Down and Connor Noel Treanor had telephoned from Lourdes to offer his support to parish priest Fr Aidan Kennan.

With many thanks to : Claire Simpson, The Irish News.

ATTITUDES TO MANDELA REFLECT ‘TERROR’ DEBATE !!!

“There will be no critique that many, maybe even most, states have been initiated and legitimised in the smoke of gunpowder” - Denis Bradley.

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NELSON Mandela was no pacifist. That is not in dispute. However, was Nelson Mandela a terrorist? Now that is a whole different ball game. Not that you would be alerted to that question from the tone and content of recent media reporting. He is portrayed as the nearest thing to a living saint, the saviour of his nation and an example and inspiration for politicians and statesmen throughout the world.

The imminence and reality of his death will augment and further embellish his saintliness while in certain corners of the world, including the North of Ireland, he will be seen by many as a terrorist. Recently we had a soupcon of that in an article in this august paper. I aacknowledge that this is one of the oldest and most clichéd of arguments but one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. It still remains current and pertinent to our historical and moral disputes. When Mandela finally dies, Irish nationalist and republican leaders will hail and celebrate his life and achievements. Smuperlatives will cover pages of newsprint and flow from the mouths of the great anand the good of political life. I would wager that the glowing eulogy will be echoed in Catholic church‘s throughout the land.

There will be little if any critical analysis of his involvement in and support of violence, even if the gospel of that particular day has Christ delivering one of his many warnings against the use of violence as a response to any political or human grievance. Unionist politiicians and Protestant Church leaders will be more flustered. Against the cascade of tributes led by the British prime minister, it will feel churlish to be overly negative so the criticism will be couched in softer wording but there will be the reassertion that those who take up the gun against the legitimate state authority are terrorists in their hearts and in their actions. There will be no crtiquet that many, maybe even most, states have been initiated and legitimised in the smoke of gunpowder. Still less will there be reference to the reality that the greatest acts of terror against humankind have been executed by nation states. The pages of ancient and modern history are dotted with such incidents. The invasion of Iraq by America and Britain is a good exemplar as any of the terrorism of nation states.

I was once advised that the wrong question can be as misleading as the wrong answer. The issue of who is a terrorist is a case in point. During 40 years I saw enough violence emanating from both the state and paramilitary organisations to conclude that they were all terrorists. They all used violence to terrorise a certain constituency to achieve their desired outcome. The wrong question as to who is a terrorist and what constitutes terrorism obscures the important debate that still dominates the core of our political discourse. Irish republicans, particularly Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail, have never confronted the premise that all their violent campaigns to achieve Irish unity have achieved far less than what has been achieved through the democratic process.

Their efforts to morally or politically justify some violent campaigns as opposed to others have been at least limp and probably disingenuous. Fianna Fail says 1916 was good,  the modern Provisional campaign was bad. Sinn Fein claims the ‘Provo’ campaign was good, the dissident campaign is bad. The failure or refusal to admit that none of these campaigns achieved their goal and that all of them left deep scars on the Irish people leaves Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail partially neutered in confronting republican dissidents who continue the tradition of violence. Unionists love rotten apples. If I had a pound for every time I heard unionism disown the rotten apples that were in their barrels, I would have a healthy bank account. I have never once heard (in public) an admission that the state itself has strategically used violence. The state manifests itself through its army, in the North of Ireland, the UDR, RIC, RUC, the Black and Tan’s and the security service, MI5, MI6 and the Special Branch etc. Despite Saville, Stalker, Stephens, De Silva, to name just a few, unionism holds onto the myth that the British state was not a combatant in the 40 years of violence. The inability or refusal to face the reality leaves unionism nearly incapable of facing its own past and reaching out to reconcile with its equally flawed and violent neighbours.

With many thanks to : Denis Bradley, The Irish News.

COMMISSION CRITICIZED FOR RULING THAT PUT NO MAJOR RESTRICTIONS ON ORANGE PARADE !

THE Parades Commission has been criticised for its ruling to allow an Orange Order parade past St Matthew‘s Church in east Belfast on the Twelfth without major restrictions. Sinn Fein councillor Niall O Donnghaile said residents and parishioners felt “deep disappointment” at the determination.

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The parade – involving 23 bands and more than 2,000 participants – will pass the Catholic Church on the Twelfth. The area has witnessed sectarian strife in the past. Last year a loyalist bandsman was pictured urinating at the frount gates of St Matthew’s during a march. The parades watchdog ruled yesterday that the march could peoceed past the church. It said there could be “no singing, chanting or loud drumming” but bands were permitted to play music. Mr O Donnghaile criticised the ruling, particularly since stricter rules applied at St Patrick‘s on Donegall Street near the city centre. “It is becoming increasingly clear that they have one approach when it comes to St Patrick’s Church yet an entirely different one when it comes to St Matthew’s,” Mr O Donnghaile said.

“The Orange Order has consistently shown utter contempt for St Matthew’s Church and indeed the community in the Short Strand and it is clear that they cannot be trusted to show respect to that community of thier own volitionShort Strand need your support. “I am conscioious that this parade is organised by the same organisation responsible for Monday’s ‘mini-Twelfth’ parade, where we saw breach after breach of the determination placed upon it. “It is evident that the Short Strand community and the parishioners of St Matthew’s can in no way rely on the Parade Commission, who year after year allow clear disrespect to go unchecked. “Short Strand residents continue to make genuine efforts to engage with the Orange Order which thus far have been ignored. “I would call on the Orange Order to show leadership, to show respect and to take a voluntary initiative that ensures courtesy and dignity – which up until this point has been severely lacking – are shown to St Matthew’s Church.” The Short Strand Residents Group will hold a protest to coincide with the passing of the parade.

With many thanks to : Allison Morris, The Irish News.

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