I see that the Orange Order has revealed that it has received a letter from the Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams, acknowledging its right to parade. No big deal in that, our position has been clear from day one.
The Orange Order does indeed have a right to parade but that right is not absolute, it is qualified. It is qualified against the rights of residents to live their lives in peace, free from displays of triumphalism, intimidation and sectarianism.
Showing their warped mentality, the Orange Order has argued that they will only believe Gerry Adam's 'bona fides' if the annual Drumcree parade is allowed down the Garvaghy Road this year.
So let's get this clear, they want Sinn Féin to force the residents of the Garvaghy Road to accept this parade through their area while the Orange Order refuses to speak to the residents?
Catch a grip!!
The biggest hypocrisy has yet to come though, In addition they are demanding support for the police from Republicans/Nationalists and that all future Nationalist protests must be non-provocative and peaceful.
Did you ever hear the like of it?
They have the cheek to talk about Nationalist protests after what they did last year!
Nationalists and Republicans will accept a new policing service when we get one, what we have at the moment does not suffice.