Thursday, June 30, 2005


A breakthrough? Not quite.

Alot of people have used words such as 'historic' and 'groundbreaking' to describe the recent deal which will see thousands of Orangemen parade in the nationalist West Bank of Derry.

I don't think we should get too carried away however. I certainly welcome dialogue between nationalists and the Orange Order. The problem is, there wasn't any!

The deal was brokered by the Derry Chamber of Commerce between the Orange Order and the Bogside Resident`s Group, who did not engage in face-to-face dialogue.

Ultimately, the Orange Order must be judged based on their actions. Hopefully we will not see the Orange Order engage in disgraceful acts like it has done in the past. If it acts with respect and decency throughout the North then that will be truly 'historic' and 'groundbreaking'.

Hopefully this will be the case. I doubt it though.


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