Newry Orange parade passes off peacefully
A contentious Orange parade through Newry today has passed off peacefully according to the PSNI.
The parade – part of the Orange Order’s Twelfth of July celebrations – had caused tension in the area over the past week, with nationalist politicians claiming it would affect local businesses and offend local residents.
Newry and Mourne Area Commander, Chief Inspector Davy Beck, welcomed the peaceful conclusion of the parade. Beck praised the local community, participants and spectators and commended the work carried out on all sides to ensure that the parade passed off peacefully.
Speaking to Newry Times, he said: “I was encouraged by the dignified and responsible way in which the event was conducted and marshaled. The organisers, stewards, councillors and community representatives ensured the event passed off peacefully and their contribution was greatly appreciated. This is a clear demonstration of what we can achieve when we work together.”
The Chief Inspector added, “We would urge everyone to continue in this vein to ensure that all communities have the opportunity to enjoy planned events in their local area.”
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