Sinn Fein: ‘Common sense must prevail in march decision’

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Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Speaking after meeting with the Parades Commission regarding the proposed loyalist march through Armagh City on St Patrick’s Day, Sinn Féin Newry & Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan said he hoped their determination would be based on ‘common sense’. The Assembly Member led a Sinn Féin delegation including local councillors Cathy Rafferty, Roy McCartney and Mary Doyle, who all put forward the valid arguments against what they described as a ‘contentious march’ taking place on Armagh City’s flagship day of culture.

Mr Boylan said, “This was another opportunity to put forward all the arguments against this march, which has no precedent in Armagh City. The economic, cultural and cross community benefits of the St Patrick’s Day festivities in Armagh are simply too great to jeopardise by allowing this sectarian march to go ahead. Armagh is a shared city and the Festival of St Patrick is celebrated by all communities through events which are open to everyone. This proposed parade flies in the face of the spirit of inclusivity which has been fostered in Armagh and simply cannot take place.”

“I hope that the Parades Commission will listen to the voice of reason and prevent this parade from taking place in Armagh. I also hope those behind the submission will take our concerns on board and locate their parade in Killylea where it has been held for years,” Boylan added.

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