Sinn Fein and selective hearing…

The upcoming Balmoral Review anniversary procession has been gaining some media attention lately. Primarily that attention has been via Sinn Fein, who some have accused of scaremongoring. All of the details of the event have been in the public domain for some time, however Sinn Fein have repeatedly appeared to be ‘confused’ and unable to grasp the simple facts both written and more worryingly actually told to them face to face. The Unionist Centenery Committee website tonight comments…

On two occasions prior to Christmas Sinn Fein were advised by members of the Balmoral Review organising committee that there would be no feeder parades.  The gentlemen concerned were Connor Maskey and Spike Murray.  On the 23rd January on this website (see news section) the route for the Review was made public. Recently Deirdre Hargey is claiming we haven’t published the routes whilst Jim McVeigh remains concerned about feeder parades.  Sinn Fein have been told in Council and in private about feeder parades – there ain’t any.  But they continue to play politics.  At some stage they will claim they got us not to have any feeder parades.  The UCC want to make it clear AGAIN that there has never been any intention since planning began to have any.  So please Sinn Fein, tell the people you represent the truth.

The U.C.C. have also addressed that ever present Sinn Fein complaint that ‘no-one will talk to us’…

With regard to the latest claim that we won’t meet them wrong again.  As Councillor McVeigh knows we have already arranged one meeting with representatives from Short Strand and have asked that it be expanded if necessary. We have an independent witness who can verify this.

A new website has been launched to help explain the original review and the motivation for the 2012 event. The ‘Balmoral Review’ is shaping up to be one of the largest centenary demonstrations the next 10 years will see. In fact its shaping up to be one of the largest public displays Northern Ireland has seen in decades.

Unashamed Ulster Loyalist. Marching band activist and band member for over 25 years. Contributor for the Belfast Newsletter and currently studying History at QUB.

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