15 July 2004 Edition

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Dunloy Orangemen break rules again

North Antrim Sinn Féin Assembly member Philip McGuigan

North Antrim Sinn Féin Assembly member Philip McGuigan

North Antrim Sinn Féin Assembly member Philip McGuigan has criticised the Orange Order in Dunloy after they broke determinations set out by the Parades Commission by deliberately playing music and making speeches outside the Orange Hall on Station Road.

McGuigan said he will be lodging a complaint with the Parades Commission over the incident.

"In the Parades Commission determination, the Orange Order is banned from playing music or making speeches and is only allowed to proceed to their church in cars," he said. "On Monday 12 July, the Orangemen were attempting to raise sectarian tensions in Dunloy. This was a crude act of sectarain triumphalism directed at the nationalist population."

McGuigan criticised the PSNI, who he said stood idly by while the Orange Order broke all the rules.

"People are very angry at the PSNI," he said. "They should have moved in and stopped this illegal gathering but once again they sided with the Orange Order. At one stage Democratic Unionist Councillor Davy Tweed could be seen patting a PSNI member on ther back when the Orange Order speeches came to an end."

McGuigan said he will be making an official complaint about the behaviour of the Orange Order and the PSNI to the Parades Commission.


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