17 May 2006

SF and SDLP seek resignation of second Orangeman


17/05/2006 - 08:10:39

Sinn Féin and the SDLP are seeking the resignation of the second Orangeman appointed to the Parades Commission by the British government last year.

Yesterday, Don McKay, one of the two Portadown Orangemen appointed to the body in November, resigned due to controversy surrounding his application for the job.

It emerged following his appointment that he had used two politicians as referees without seeking their permission.

Sinn Féin and the SDLP are now calling on David Burrows, the second Orangeman on the Parades Commission, to follow Mr McKay's lead and step down from the post.

On Monday, a Methodist minister revealed that he had not given permission for his name to be used as a referee on Mr Burrow's application.

The British government's decision to appoint the two Orangemen to the commission caused much anger among nationalist communities, who say the body is supposed to be impartial.

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