After long and considered consultation with our membership we have decided that it is impossible for us to attend this year’s Bloody Sunday March, giving the anti-republican message expressed by the creation of the official poster advertising the march, and which has been on display this past week during events run by the Bloody Sunday Committee in Derry City in relation to the march.
It was important for us to give consideration to the opinions of the republican community in Derry, who expressed similar concerns and ultimately have taken the same decision. We did not rush to judgement and in actual fact attempted to seek dialogue to resolve the issue, we presented our concerns and asked questions as to motivations surrounding the posters etc, the response we received was courteous and respectful but failed to address the issues. In our view the concerns expressed were not taken seriously.
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