‘Our trust was misplaced’ - Dungiven Concerned Residents’ Association

Dungiven Faith & Crown Defenders LOL 2036 parade makes it way up Main Street, Dungiven on Sunday.
Dungiven Faith & Crown Defenders LOL 2036 parade makes it way up Main Street, Dungiven on Sunday.

An Orange parade in Dungiven on Sunday passed off without incident, but a concerned residents’ group which agreed not to protest has claimed “our trust has been misplaced”.

Dungiven Concerned Residents’ Association made the claim after Sunday morning’s parade by Dungiven Faith & Crown Defenders LOL 2036.

Dungiven Faith & Crown Defenders LOL 2036 on the return route on Sunday.

Dungiven Faith & Crown Defenders LOL 2036 on the return route on Sunday.

The 10-minute long parade is without banners or bands as members walk in silence from New Street to the church on upper Main Street.

Previously, the Residents’ Association held peaceful protests during the parade but, after recent talks, agreement was reached no protest would take place this year.

Police presence on Sunday was low-key compared to previous years with approximately seven PSNI officers on duty.

A Residents’ Association spokesperson said on Monday through the negotiations they had “received assurances from the Orange Order on how the parade was to be conducted and, as such, we would not hold a protest to allow space for still outstanding issues to be resolved”.

Our grievance was made clear to The Parades Commission.

Dungiven Concerned Residents’ Association

“Regrettably, our trust was misplaced. Our grievance was made clear to The Parades Commission and the mediators who were monitoring the march on the day. Over the coming days we will be assessing the impact of the parade. Even though there is palpable anger over what has transpired we would still like to reiterate our desire to continue or work with the mediation team, or anyone else to resolve this parade,” said the Residents’ Association spokesperson.

Mediators said they were “pleased” the parade passed off without any incidents and said “discussions will continue with interested parties to help ensure that people’s rights and responsibilities are upheld”.

A spokesperson on behalf of the Parades Commission said: “The Commission is aware of the sensitivities surrounding this annual parade in Dungiven. It understands the significant work undertaken by local communities to manage tensions and maintain a peaceful parading environment. The Commission continues to encourage dialogue and engagement by all parties.”