Brady expresses anger over ‘ongoing chaos’ caused by Newry parades

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Friday, May 1st, 2015
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Local Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady has expressed his anger at what he described as the ‘ongoing chaos caused by Loyalist Band Parades in Newry’.
The Orange Parade in Newry passed off peacefully on 12th July. Photo courtesy of D.Barry (Twitter)

Brady said the Newry parades caused chaos. Photo courtesy of D.Barry (Twitter)

Speaking to Newry Times, Brady said, “I am very concerned about the continuous unacceptable disruption that local people have to endure due to these so called band parades, the next of which is planned for Friday 8th May. “I have been contacted by residents who have raised concerns about once again being held captive in their own homes while hundreds of supporters bring Newry to a standstill. “I have made a submission to the Parades Commission outlining my concerns about this and I welcome the determination about this particular parade which prohibits it from entering Trevor Hill, Kildare Street, Newry Town Hall and Sugar Island. “Although this will not affect the centre of the city we are still faced with major disruption to traffic,” he insisted. “The local residents along the route of the parade are again facing into the summer months with the prospect of not being able to access their homes or shops due to a lock down. “I call on the organisers to engage fully with residents and others for all future planned events in Newry.” Brady continued, “The fact that these parades are held on the Belfast Road doesn’t just affect his part of Newry, every other main arterial route ends up snarled with traffic as motorists try to avoid the area. “We have also seen emergency vehicles having to use alternative routes which is wholly unacceptable. I have had a number of meetings with senior police about previous parades and I now feel that this issue needs to be addressed. “The residents of the Belfast Road and surrounding area should not have to live with this inconvenience year in and year out. He added, “I cannot understand why the organisers of these parades continue to insist that they must march on one of the main routes into Newry. “The time has come when they need to sit down with residents and elected representatives and explain the need to cause so much disruption in Newry.”

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5 Comments for “Brady expresses anger over ‘ongoing chaos’ caused by Newry parades”

  1. John Mc Cabe

    Rest assured once May 7th is over Mickey Brady’s ‘concern’ over parades in Newry will soon diminish classic case of playing the sectarian card in pre election mode!

  2. charlie casey

    Sinn Fein have been consistent on this issue over the last number of years and not solely at Election time as some anti Sinn Fein critics would suggest..Our position is that Band Parade organisers should consult and meet with those residents greatly affected by this Friday night scourge..Our party has met with Parade Commission on the issue in the past..A resolution needs to be found..

  3. Stephen Murney

    They should be banned completely. Sectarian bigots in any shape or formed aren’t wanted or welcome

  4. John Mc Cabe

    Sure when I as a spokesperson and others were in the ‘Coalition Against Sectarian Marches’ in the aftermath of Drumcree it was a Sinn Fein front and we went out of our way to be offended pretending it was a wide Nationalist response in Newry are instructions under Mr Tumilty was to stir it up. Sure even Gerry Adams was secretly recorded stating he (Sinn Fein) put a lot of effort in the North organising these ‘protest groups’. This is SF once again playing the sectarian card of ‘them and us’ tired played out tribal politics , honestly people are bored of this. SF’s Mickey Brady supported the Bed Room tax and all austerity measures then jumped the gravy train at the last moment as they seen the massive public protest against the SF/ British Government cuts. Now they are trying to reinvent themselves and throwing in a bit of sectarianism to catch the ‘green vote’ same old..same old…

  5. John Mc Cabe

    Stephen does that include the sectarian bigots within Sinn Fein?

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