Monday, 20 December 2010

GARC Respond to New Parades Commissioners


The Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) believe the new Parades Commissioners appointed by the British government will not give the greater number of Ardoyne residents any faith in properly addressing unwelcome sectarian marches through our community.

Residents and NOT a discredited Commission or Politicians should decide what is right. Local people have been misled for years, thinking engagement with a discredited Commission will bring positive results.

For the record, GARC ask everyone truly concerned in finding a constructive resolution to years of tensions to support our alternative route. That was endorsed by over 1100 households in the greater Ardoyne area.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

We haven't Gone Away - GARC

GARC Protesters Confronting the PSNI, July 12, 2010

Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) spokesperson; Martin Óg Meehan has expressed amazement at the recent statement from Gerry Adams M.P. regarding the opening talks with the North & West Parades and Cultural Forum concerning sectarian marches through the greater Ardoyne community.

Mr. Meehan said; “Neither Adams nor Sinn Fein/CARA represent the totality of Ardoyne residents. So how dare he label our community the hosts of such unwelcome acts of sectarian bigotry, inevitable violence and disgraceful amounts of money spent by the PSNI to force them through. Money that should be spent on youth facilities and programmes in both communities rather than dragging young people through Courts whose futures will be destroyed by criminal records.

Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective would like to know if Mr. Adams is elected as a T.D for County Louth. Will he promote bigoted parades through Dundalk, we think not!

If Mr. Winkie Irvine of the North/West Belfast Parades Forum is serious in moving society forward, he should the precious time between now and the start of the marching season, not for talks with S.F/CARA but prepare the alternative route that exists.

The North/West Parades Forum are wasting their time negotiating shady deals, as all future marches will be resisted. Godspeed to the rerouting of these marches away from greater Ardoyne. To quote Gerry’s own words; We haven’t gone away you know”!.