Memorandum submitted by the Community
The Community Relations Council in its submission
to the North Committee's Independent Review of Parades in October
1996 argued that there needed to be a body established which was
independent of the police that could make determinations on parades.
The Council is still of this opinion.
The Community Relations Council has, over the
last three years, been engaged by the Loyal Orders in education
and outreach work. We are keen to co-operate with this process.
This engagement has, in part, been possible due to the fact that
the Council does not have any role in making determinations on
3. NOVEMBER 1999
The Council made a submission to the Northern
Ireland Office on the Review of the Parades Commission in November.
This submission is re-submitted (see below).
4. EXAMPLES OF
The Community Relations Council has, for example,
supported the Apprentice Boys of Derry in the development of the
Maiden City Festival and other outreach work. This type of work
has helped the Apprentice Boys to increase their knowledge and
develop a strong sense of their cultural identity both within
their own communities and with the wider community in the City
of Derry. This has been an important part of a process which resulted
in a peaceful "Relief of Derry" celebration this August.
The methods and approach used here can be extended and adapted
to suit other areas.