[Sinn Fein]

9 August 1998

Restraint and discipline shown in Derry

Sinn Fein National Chairperson, assembly member and Derry City Councillor Mitchel McLaughlin has commended the discipline of nationalists in Derry during the Apprentice Boys march in the city.

Councillor Mc Laughlin:

``The efforts of the Bogside Residents Group in the days and weeks leading up to the march was instrumental in reaching an accommodation which would allow the Apprentice Boys to parade in the town and the restraint and discipline displayed by nationalists throughout the course of the day should be recognised.

``Despite the reluctance of the RUC to move loyalist demonstrators as the main Apprentice Boys march moved through the Diamond I am sure that most people will be satisfied that the day passed off without any major incident.

``There may now be some optimism that a process has been initiated in Derry which if followed in other areas, should lead to the Loyal Orders accepting the need for dialogue with those communities through which they wish to march.''ENDS

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