15 July 2005

Adams - Time for Orange Order to talk

Sinn Féin

Published: 15 July, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking in Dublin this afternoon said "It isn't tenable that with each contentious parade, society is brought to the brink. This problem cannot be parked until next year. It needs to be dealt with now. It's time for those within the Loyal Orders, and those unionist politicians who are among their leading members, to engage in a meaningful process of dialogue."

Mr. Adams said:

"This week rejectionist unionist politicians, who are also leading Orangemen, steered the Orange Order on a course which could have resulted in the political atmosphere being poisoned at a time when the IRA is engaged in its internal consultation and at a time when traditionally tensions run
high.

"Given the decision of the Parades Commission, the situation in Ardoyne had the potential to be a disaster. It had the potential to lead to the loss of lives.

"That is why Sinn Féin put so much effort into trying to ensure that the situation remained calm. We engaged with the local community, the Parades Commission, the churches and young people. And for the most part we succeeded. Residents in Ardoyne are to be commended for the discipline they showed this week.

"But the underlying problem remains. It isn't tenable that with each contentious parade, society is brought to the brink. This problem cannot be parked until next year. It needs to be dealt with now.

"It's time for the Loyal Orders, and those unionist politicians who are among their leading members to engage in a meaningful process of dialogue.

"If we are seeking to make progress over the next few months then obviously having the rest of the marching season peaceful assists that. That is our focus. The Orange Order and the DUP need to step up to the mark as well."ENDS



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