Secret talks on flags and parades

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Politicians involved in secret talks about issues surrounding flags and parades in the Limavady area were yesterday tight-lipped about the discussions.

The ‘Journal’ understands at least one meeting took place in recent weeks and involved elected representatives from Sinn Fein and the DUP, as well as a number of other individuals. It’s understood a representative from the Peace & Reconciliation Group in Derry was present to mediate.

Sinn Fein and DUP representatives who were asked yesterday about the talks said they preferred not to comment at this time.

Flags and parades have long caused controversy in the area. Last December, protests were held locally after a decision by Belfast City Council to fly the Union flag on designated days only. In recent months, the ‘Roe Valley Concerned Residents’ Association’ was formed, aiming “to address sectarian parades through nationalist areas”.