UUP joins criticism of Dunloy IRA parade


The UUP has added its voice to those criticising the go-ahead for a Sinn Fein parade in Dunloy this Sunday.

As reported yesterday, organisers of the annual march have been written to for years by the Parades Commission, warning them of reports that conditions in its Code of Conduct were repeatedly being breached by the event, which is in honour of two IRA men killed by the Army.

Nonetheless, although organisers offered no indication they will address any of the concerns, and failed even to reply to the commission, it once again is allowing the parade to go ahead without placing any restrictions on it.

Robin Swann, North Antrim UUP MLA, joined the TUV and DUP in hitting out, and said: “I’m amazed at the double standards, when you compare what happens in Dunloy to what happens in nearby Rasharkin for parades by the Loyal Orders and Ballymaconnelly band,” adding that these “double standards” apply to the Parades Commission and to Sinn Fein alike.

A number of questions were put to Sinn Fein but it responded with the same statement it had issued a day earlier: “This will be a dignified commemoration of two local republicans taking place in Dunloy, which is a predominantly nationalist town.”