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Sinn Féin welcome decision to dismiss case on Castlederg Republican parade charges

Published: 13 February, 2015

Sinn Féin have welcomed the decision not to prosecute Castlederg man Brendan Devlin over alleged breaches of a parades commission determination at the Tyrone Volunteers Day parade in Castlederg in August 2013.

Mr Devlin was brought before Strabane Magistrates Court this week on charges of breaching a Parades Commission determination and claims that paramilitary style uniforms were worn.

Speaking yesterday local MP Pat Doherty said,

"This was yet another failed attempt to prosecute Republicans and was a complete waste of time and money. The Tyrone Volunteers Day parade in Castlederg back in 2013 passed off peacefully after a contentious scenario was whipped up by unionist politicians who were doing nothing but trying to score cheap political points. The peaceful and dignified manner in which the commemoration passed off is a result of strong leadership shown by republicans in Castlederg. We must continue to show political leadership and move forward with confidence in ourselves and in the communities who support us. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the dignified manner in which Brendan dealt with this unnecessary situation."

Following on local councillor Ruairi McHugh said,

"In the past there have been several breaches of Parades Commission determinations by loyalist parades in Castlederg, but there has never been, to my knowledge, any prosecutions arising out of them. If we were going on precedent, then I never envisaged there would be anything further in this case. I welcome the decision to dismiss the case. The Harvey-McGlynn-Connolly-McHugh Sinn Féin Cumann in Castlederg would like to thank everyone who sent their best wishes to Brendan."