A Sinn Fein MLA has said there were no breaches of the restrictions placed on the annual Kevin Lynch Memorial Flute Band parade in Dungiven on Sunday.
Speaking after the roughly one hour-long parade finished in a rain-soaked Dungiven, assemblyman Cathal Ó’hOisin also accused the Parades Commission of making “a mountain out of a molehill” by imposing restrictions.
Mr. Ó hOisín told the ‘Journal’: “I certainly didn’t see any of the determinations of the Parades Commission broken. I think the Parades Commission has made a mountain out of a molehill here - a 99.7 per cent nationalist town - never had an issue over the past 34 years and I’m wondering at whose behest are they doing this. I’m hoping they had someone here on the ground to see how it worked.”
In their determination issued on Wednesday afternoon, the Commission imposed 10 conditions on the parade. One condition stated that paramilitary-style clothing must not be worn at any time during the parade; flags, bannerettes and symbols relating to a proscribed organisation must in no circumstances be displayed; and musical instruments must not bear any inscription or mark of a proscribed organisation.
Kevin Lynch’s brother, Gerald said he thought the decision by the Parades Commission was “ludicrous”.
“Apart from the continuous shower, everything went very well,” said Mr Lynch. “There is never any trouble at Kevin’s commemoration. We always do it with parade and honour, and there is never any bother in Dungiven. The family is bitterly disappointed with the Parades Commission decision because, as I say, there is never any bother in Dungiven, and all the bands that have come here through the years have adhered to anything ever asked of them.”