Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Commission must see sense over Rasharkin

The outrageous decision by the Parades Commission in relation to the annual Ballymaconnelly Sons of Conquerors flute band parade in Rasharkin this evening is yet another reminder that this commission has lost all credibility and respect and has to go.

Almost every single time, it seems, the commission panders to the threat of violence and punishes those who merely seek to exercise their civil and religious liberties in a peaceful and law-abiding manner.

This popular annual band parade draws large crowds and yet it is to be reduced from 40 bands to 25. Why? Because the commission is only interested in responding to bully-boys who threaten to resort to violence if they do not get their way.

Principles and fairness are set aside in favour of appeasement.

The feelings of anger are running high within the Protestant community in Rasharkin and I would appeal to the commission to see sense.

Sadly, I have no great confidence that it will do so.

DUP Cllr John Finlay

Ballymoney

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