Vice-chair of the TUV, Richard Cairns, has told of his concerns that the recent “constructive work which has gone on in the unionist family” will “prove fruitless unless the public see evidence of the graduated response actually commencing”.
Yesterday, the Stormont Executive met at Stormont Castle and issued a short statement saying it had “agreed that all parades and parades-related protests should be lawful”.
“The Executive acknowledges the efforts of many to ensure a peaceful summer,” added the statement.
But today, Mr Cairns of the TUV, whose party leader Jim Allister signed a statement with other unionist leaders saying there would be a “graduated response” to the banning of a July 12 parade in north Belfast, said: “While statements from Stormont’s terrorist-inclusive Executive may be seen as positive by some in the media the reality is that they do nothing to calm the situation on the ground.
“A joint statement with those who have done everything in their power to prevent not just the parade in north Belfast but parades across Northern Ireland and tore the Union Flag from City Hall will leave many wondering just how serious unionists in the Executive are about the concerns of loyalists.
“TUV acknowledges the constructive work which has gone on within the unionist family in recent days but these efforts will prove to be fruitless unless the public see evidence of the graduated response actually commencing.”