Commission hears concerns over Armagh band parade

The Parades Commission has been urged to reconsider a ruling which allows a loyalist band to parade through Armagh on St Patrick‘s Day.

St Patrick's Cathedral Armagh The commission heard that St Patrick’s day was vital for tourism in Armagh

Cormeen Rising Sons of William have been given permission to hold a procession with 40 other bands and more than 1000 supporters.

The SDLP and Sinn Fein raised concerns about the march taking place on the city’s biggest tourism day of the year.

The parties made representations to the Parades Commission on Tuesday.

The UUP‘s Danny Kennedy MLA and Cllr William Irwin also spoke to the commission, in support of the parade organisers.

The commission is understood to be reviewing its determination and a final decision on the march will be announced later.


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