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Do parades body appointments mean Commission is here to stay?

Research by the Orange Order has revealed the extent to which American weaponry was used in the murder of members during the IRA terrorist campaign.

Research by the Orange Order has revealed the extent to which American weaponry was used in the murder of members during the IRA terrorist campaign.

The appointment of new Parades Commission members yesterday could indicate the much-lambasted body is here to stay after all, one MLA has suggested.

It had been announced that a new chair and panel members were being sought back in October, and yesterday five of them were named.

But UKIP’s David McNarry said: “An appointment at this time, when Richard Haass is considering the future of that body, raises important questions. Does it indicate that the Parades Commission will not be going?”

A spokeswoman for the NIO, which made the appointments, said: “The current commissioners’ term of office ends December 31. Therefore, without the agreement of any kind of way forward on parades, the Secretary of State had to have a new appointments process.”

The DUP’s Gregory Campbell disagrees “fundamentally” with the Parades Commission, though he added: “But if there isn’t agreement with the Haass talks, the government will say we have to have some sort of plan B.”

 

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