Unionist politicians call for ‘tolerance and respect’ for Newry Orange parade

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Unionist politicians have called for tolerance and respect for the Orange parade due to be celebrated in Newry on 12th July 2012.

The calls came from Ulster Unionist representative, Councillor David Taylor and DUP South Down MLA Jim Wells who were reacting after Newry Times exclusively revealed that local nationalist politicians were concerned about the parade.

Parts of Newry will be closed during the parade

Councillor Taylor said it was extremely disappointing that despite continual references made by Sinn Fein regarding a shared future and reconciliation that some of their elected representatives continue to show ‘a lack of tolerance and respect’ to the minority Protestant community in Newry.

Taylor also strongly refuted claims made by Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady that Newry District LOL No 9 had failed to engage with the local community with regard to the forthcoming parade. The Ulster Unionist representative confirmed that members of the Orange Order had engaged with Newry & Mourne District Council, Business Leaders and the PSNI to ensure that any impact would be minimal for the local community.

He also advised that all residents along the parade route would be provided with substantive information in the coming days with respect to the parade being hosted by Newry District LOL No 9. Taylor said it was ‘very regrettable’ that Sinn Fein representatives were attempting to raise tensions in the lead up to the 12th July Demonstration and stated that the Orange Institution has the same entitlement as any other organisation to celebrate their culture and play their part in any shared future.

He called on all elected representatives to show responsible leadership in the period leading up to the event and to avoid perpetrating actions or making comments which could serve to heighten tensions in respect of this issue.

DUP South Down MLA Jim Wells stated, “Where else in the World would there be anything but a warm welcome for thousands of visitors coming to a city to peacefully celebrate a major cultural event?”

“I took part in the previous 12th July parade through Newry and the only people who took exception to this event were those like Catriona Ruane who travelled a considerable distance in order to be offended by the march. The previous parade was entirely peaceful and I have no doubt that this will be the case this year.”

Wells added, “The marchers and many thousands of their supporters will bring a much needed boost to the local economy. The parade will cause next to no disruption to traffic as alternative routes will be signposted and I am looking forward to a very enjoyable day.”

More on this story:

Tension mounts as Newry gets set for Orange parade


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4 Comments for “Unionist politicians call for ‘tolerance and respect’ for Newry Orange parade”

  1. Joe

    Jim Wells is obviously miss informed and out of touch with the on the ground situation in Newry regarding traffic. Had he ever spent any considerable time in the town on any Monday – Saturday afternoon then he would know as every person in this town knows that traffic congestion is a major problem, it’s clear for all to see that this unwanted Coat – trailing exercise will cause major disruption for local residents.

    Éirígí and Sinn Féin are not attempting to raise tension but addressing the very real and serious concerns which residents in Newry have. What is our SLDP Mayor’s Stance on this event?

    Apart from the clear provocation of this event local rate payers will be left with the bill for the major clean up operation afterwards. Once again a parades commission which may as well be considered obsolete because it’s completely useless has sidelined the concerns of the majority of residents in our town.

  2. Davy

    “Respect” for a bigotted and sectarian organisation that preach hate and are completely anti Irish? Joke. If they hate catholics and Irish people so much why do they insist on marching and parading in our areas.

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