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SDLP: It’s time to drop parades Bill

The SDLP has called on Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness to ditch their controversial parades legislation “before more damage is done”.

The party’s equality spokesperson Dolores Kelly claimed the draft Bill tabled by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister was doomed.

It has been widely criticised, particularly over a proposed 37-day notice period for public gatherings.

“There is no question of this Bill ever seeing the light of day in the form of workable legislation,” Ms Kelly said.

“It is so flawed, so devoid of merit or logic, so obviously in contravention of European human rights legislation that even the most cursory court challenge would blow it away.”

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