Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the planned Parade in Belfast this weekend
Referring to the planned Parade and protest the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin, T.D, said:
“I recognize that there are a range of views with regard to the events planned for Belfast on Sunday. It is extremely important that these events pass off peacefully, with full respect for the rights and sensitivities of all sections of the community. I welcome the fact that steps have been taken by those directly concerned to reduce friction and to facilitate a peaceful outcome. I welcome in particular the route changes announced earlier today in respect of the protest planned by Sinn Fein.
At this particularly sensitive period, when it is essential that nothing be done to undermine the prospects for building on the very real political progress already achieved, I would urge all concerned to exercise restraint and to avoid any actions which would set back the new path on which the people of Northern Ireland are firmly embarked.”
31 October 2008