‘McCausland should disassociate himself from civil disobedience call’ – Bradley
SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley has asked the Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland to disassociate himself from comments made by a senior Orangeman William Mawhinney over the weekend.
Bradley was speaking in the Assembly during a debate on a Town Centre Strategy.
“Nelson McCausland should disassociate himself from the extremely dangerous and irresponsible comments made by William Mawhinney at Saturday’s loyalist rally on the Woodvale road,” Bradley stated.
“Minister McCausland attended this rally and must surely recognise that the comments made by Mr Mawhinney have the potential to inflame tensions and incite civil disobedience.
“The situation in North Belfast is still very precarious following the Parades Commission ruling on the July 12 return march along the Crumlin Road.
“Comments which seek to encourage the kind of chaotic and often violent protests we have seen on our streets are to be condemned. Minister McCausland must state unequivocally that these comments were wrong and do so without any further delay.
“The Ministers actions and indeed his response to my question are in complete contrast to the issue we were discussing. I was speaking on the need to help our struggling businesses across the North though enhancing the rates relief scheme, trying to tackle the lack of free parking in our town and city centres and indeed a new joined up approach to protecting jobs in our towns, villages and cities.
Bradley added, “It’s unfortunate this Minister still chooses to live in bubble where he cannot understand the actions and words he uses and those he supports do nothing to help promote investment or jobs across the north.”
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