Republican News · Thursday 15 June 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Sinn Féin backs Springfield residents

Lower Falls Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Hartley has voiced his support for the residents of the Springfield Road who last week began a series of protests which are set to continue this week against the Orange march proposed for the area on 24 June.

``The situation on the Springfield Road is one of the most ridiculous of all the contentious parades,'' said Hartley. ``The Orange Order goes out of its way to march through a nationalist area. The gates at the peace line, which remain closed all year, are opened on this one day to facilitate this parade.

``Residents are subjected to nightly sectarian attacks.

``It is time for the Orange Order to recognise the depth of feeling which exists within the Springfield Road community in relation to this parade. This can only be done through meaningful dialogue. In the absence of this, the parade must be rerouted away from nationalist homes.''

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