Castlederg parade ruling ‘defies all logic’

UUP MLA Ross Hussey
UUP MLA Ross Hussey

Parade organisers in Castlederg have accused the Parades Commission of pursing an “anti-loyalist agenda” following a controversial determination.

Castlederg Young Loyalists Flute Band had applied for what they called a pre-Twelfth celebratory evening parade in the Co Tyrone town tonight, but have been banned from walking along a section of Lurganbuoy Road which the parade organisers claim is “overwhelmingly Protestant”.

According to the Castlederg Unionist Residents’ Voice (CURV) group the determination “defies all logic” and is a response to Sinn Fein representations.

Ulster Unionist councillor Derek Hussey said he is totally ‘mystified’ with determinations emanating from the Parades Commission.

Mr Hussey said he too felt that Sinn Fein had influenced the commission’s decision and added: “I have written to the Secretary of State in regard to this matter and asked that she use those powers invested in her by the 1998 Act to intervene and review these totally illogical determinations from the Parades Commission without even a recourse to review being offered.”

TUV leader Jim Allister said he was calling on the Parades Commission “to reverse their foolish decision and allow the parade to go ahead”.