Parades Commission Unworkable

A small but significant article published in the Newsletter on Tuesday grabbed my attention.

NORTHERN Ireland should consider close examination of the Scottish model for dealing with contentious parades issues, it was suggested yesterday. UUP MLA David McNarry urged consideration of the parading laws in Scotland, after Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell told MLAs that Scots had rejected the idea of a parades commission as unworkable. Instead, fresh laws on public demonstrations were introduced and found to be successful there. “I think Northern Ireland should at the very look at what’s been happening in Scotland,” said Mr McNarry.

  • jock

    Many of the loyalist/paramilitary bands in Scotland have found that the only orange parades they are able to participate in, are in orange parades in districts who adopt and pay them in belfast, derry and antrim.

    New Scottish law regard them as illegal, and rightly so due to their commemoration of loyalist killers.

    Will the orange order in the north continue to facilitate and bank-roll paramilitary bands like the sons of ulster (uvf) band during this years marching season. ??

    http://www.the-twelfth.org.uk/we_shall_remember.htm

    Their own website has mysteriously disappeared over the last few weeks, perhaps due to the senior position given to the band by the orange order in recent years.

  • Alan2

    “New Scottish law regard them as illegal, and rightly so due to their commemoration of loyalist killers.”

    Thats actually not true at all. I think you will find the Scottish Orange Order barred all bands carrying or promoting illegal organisations.

  • DK

    Would maybe cut down on some bands, but wouldn’t it have a bigger impact on Republican parades and the glorification of people in the IRA. Or is the IRA legal now?