“The Commission has heard the decision of the judge late this evening and cannot agree with his view…”

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We’ll have to wait to see the detail.  But, in the meantime, the News Letter has the he said/she said response to a High Court ruling overturning a Parades Commission determination in Castlederg.  From the News Letter report

A spokesman for the band, which was supported by TUV leader Jim Allister, said the case was won through a resident who protested that he was being denied the right to see the parade.

“The commission could not explain their position,” he said.

“They would not communicate with elected representatives in the area who asked for a review. This was a key reason given in court for overturning their determination.”

A commission spokeswoman said: “The Commission has heard the decision of the judge late this evening and cannot agree with his view of this very minor technical matter. The Commission will appeal, which unfortunately there was no time to do before the parade.”

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  • Pasty

    I Guess this opens the gate for all those dissident Republican parades in Ballymena that have been banned over the last few years as there is also bound to be one of them living along a number of roads – Jim Allister could well have created a monster, after all Jim Allister does love equlity (doesn’t he?) !!!!

  • michael-mcivor

    Well jim Allister is a dissident himself-so he could feel at home with those other Ballymena walkers Patsy-

  • Pete Baker

    “I Guess this opens the gate…”

    Well, that would depend on the actual reasons given by the judge in the ruling. The one we haven’t seen the detail of yet.

    Rather than what one side or t’other have claimed…

  • Pete Baker

    And a reminder of what the report actually notes in regard to the reasoning of the judge.

    “The commission could not explain their position,” [a spokesman for the band] said.

    “They would not communicate with elected representatives in the area who asked for a review. This was a key reason given in court for overturning their determination.”

  • tacapall

    So Jim Allister believes an individual resident has a right to see a parade but another individual resident has no right to object to a parade, we shall call this Jims Law.

    On the subject of free assembly and the right to freedom, Sinn Fein declared a curfew in the Broadway area last night with wannabee IRA men, post ceasefire wannabees and well financially looked after former IRA men working in tandem with the PSNI patrolling the streets in their luxury cars ordering clubs and bars to close early or not open at all. This co-operation did ensure a peaceful 11th night in that area and that is to be congratulated but this de facto army that follows the orders of Sinn Fein politicians is a worrying matter, political parties especially those in government should not have private armies at their back and call to decide whats right and wrong for the population of any area.

  • Master McGrath

    This really is a VERY worrying development in real terms and tacapall is entirely correct in his observations.
    How does this behaviour equate with A Shared Future notions? or is it a case of of course we believe in democratic development just so long as we can keep everything the same as it was from SF?
    Private armies are the curse here and not the cure and should not be in any position to dictate to any population what it can and cannot do.
    A little real support for the cops would not go astray here.
    You’re either in democratic politics, really messy but it should be the only game in town or you are not nowadays.
    Constructive ambiguity has had its day all round and needs to be left in the ditch now on all sides.

  • Cric

    Is it a private army or is it community leaders playing realpolitik?

    Much of the criticism of Unionist politicians recently has revolved around the concept that they have abandoned working class Loyalism. Not that I’m a huge fan of Sinn Fein, but surely we can’t then criticise them for having grass root bodies on the ground defusing a sensitive situation?

  • Pete Baker

    Focus gentlemen…

  • Son of Strongbow

    It would surely be a delicious irony for the PC to be wrapped over the knuckles for refusing to talk to the locals.

    Is that not the reason that the OO in North Belfast has been ‘punished’?

    What sanction to impose? The PC not to walk, sorry, I mean make a determination in Castlederg for twelve months perhaps?

  • Padraigin Drinan

    i have not had the opportunity to see this judgment, but from the Newsletter report it seems clear that the Parades Commission’s determination was overturned on the grounds of procedural irregularity. An interested party should have been given the opportunity to have their views known. If this was not the case the decision would be set aside. This is not new. There have been such cases for at least a decade.