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BACKGROUND

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The Commission notes the purpose of this parade is “ St Patrick’s Day Parade”.

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The Commission has noted that a protest has been notified against this parade by the Castledawson Residents Association, and is aware that there are sensitivities surrounding parades on or near to the Moyola Bridge. The Commission recognises that there continues to be a strain on community relations in this area.

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The Commission has cause to believe that should the parade process the entirety of its notified route, there will be an adverse effect on community relations and a potential for public disorder

CONSIDERATION

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The Commission is obliged by statute to have regard to the Guidelines issued under Section 5 of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 and has done so. The Commission has also been alert to its duties as a public authority under Section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998. The Commission believes that, from the perspective of the parade organisers, the Convention rights engaged are those protected by Articles 9, and 10 and, in particular, Article 11.  None of those rights is absolute.

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Further, the human rights of other persons, to whom the Commission also owes a legal duty, must be equally considered.  Those who live, work, shop, trade and carry on

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