DETERMINATION MADE IN RELATION TO THE PARADE BY THE ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS, HILLHEAD, CASTLEDAWSON, NOTIFIED TO TAKE PLACE IN CASTLEDAWSON ON SATURDAY, 15 MARCH 2008
Section 8(1) of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998, provides that:
“The Commission may issue a determination in respect of a proposed public procession imposing on the persons organising or taking part in it such conditions as the Commission considers necessary.”
The Commission has noted the details provided on the Form 11/1 submitted on 13 February 2008 concerning the parade by the AOH Hillhead, Castledawson, in Castledawson on Saturday, 15 March 2008. The Commission has given careful consideration as to whether to exercise its power under Section 8. It has done so within the relevant legal and statutory framework, constituted in the main by the 1998 Act, the various instruments made thereunder (in particular the “Guidelines” and the Human Rights Act 1998).
In considering whether to exercise its power under Section 8, the Commission has also paid careful attention to the nature, purpose and all other aspects of the event notified by the organisers. Further, the Commission has considered all representations made and all information received. The Commission has also had regard to the principles published in its annual reports. Having done so, the Commission has concluded that, in the particular circumstances, it should exercise its power under Section 8 to make a determination in the terms outlined in the following paragraphs.