Little evidence of Sinn Fein support for diversity
I had the privilege of attending the Rasharkin parade at the weekend and wish to express my congratulations to the organisers, participants and supporters.
Despite severe republican antagonism, in the form of a hoax bomb alert, all concerned demonstrated the best possible traditions of Protestantism and unionism.
I do, however, believe that SF and the dissidents must have attended a different event, according to their description of the parade. I would like to point out that the disruption caused in Rasharkin was down purely to republicans who have a hatred of all things Protestant.
How does this match Sinn Fein’s words regarding the Programme for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration? SF constantly supports this politically but have demonstrated in Rasharkin, and since, a complete failure to support or implement it on the ground. With Orange Halls severely damaged or destroyed, rioting in Ardoyne and Craigavon, car bombs in Londonderry and other hoax bomb alerts across Northern Ireland aimed purely at disrupting the celebration of the Protestant heritage and culture, and SF’s pathetic attempts to justify them are nothing less than shameful and ridiculous.
If SF and republicans genuinely want a future where cultures can be celebrated respectfully and peacefully, they must decide what side of the fence they are on. At present it is obvious they are not promoting or supporting the Programme for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration, and instead are supporting mayhem against the unionist culture.
Ald George Robinson MLA