Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh, Mickey Brady has called for steps to be taken to ensure that planned band parades in Newry on the 27th and 28th of August do not cause unnecessary inconvenience to local residents.
The Sinn Féin MP said:
“There are to be two band parades in Newry this weekend on the 27th and 28th of August respectively.
“There is normally a parade organised by the Newry Royal Black District chapter at this point every year. However, the addition of a further parade the day before will only exacerbate the issues experienced by the residents during this parade.
“I plan to meet with senior police in Newry, prior to the weekend’s events to ensure that an appropriate police operation will be carried out around these events.”
“Those organising the parades have a right to express their cultural identity.
“However, the organisers need to be cognisant of the fact these parades are not welcome by the majority of the residents in the area it passes through, and they have a responsibility to minimize disruption to the lives of local people.
“In the past these parades have brought serious disruption to traffic and trade in Newry, effectively leaving some residents locked into their homes.
“It is essential that the organisers and the police ensure that emergency and essential services such as carers have access to the areas on the route.”