A local community group in Kilrea (with the help of a peace group, Kilcranny House) have tried to take the initiative around parades in the village in particular the mixed Coleraine Street area. They organised a confidential survey of residents and a public meeting to identify issues. This research and debate showed a high degree of tolerance for parades among residents.
Sinn Fein have rejected this independent research and instead are trying to get signatures for a petition from Coleraine Street residents. An approach at odds with their usual strong advocacy of the community sector and for community solutions. The DUP claims the petition tactic is intimidatory. There were claims of republican intimidation and attacks at a band parade in Kilrea last year (scroll down).
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