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Orde speaks out as loyalist band parade rerouted.


POLICE chief Sir Hugh Orde hinted yesterday a controversial Orange parade could be postponed.

Sir Hugh was joined by First and Deputy First Ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness at Stormont to discuss Kevin McDaid's murder and the violence shadowing Coleraine.

He said talks about tonight's parade by the Pride of the Bann Flute Band would continue.

Sir Hugh added: "It remains to be seen whether it would be better to postpone the parade until another time."

His words echoed those of Ryan McDaid, 22, whose father was murdered on Sunday night.

Mr McDaid said: "I'd like the band to stop their march until after we bury my dad so we can have a bit of respect."

In the response to fears of further violence, band members agreed to shorten the parade and steer clear of the Bann Bridge near the Heights area where Mr McDaid was killed.

Mr McGuinness said: "I stood in this very spot two months ago to express my condemnation of so-called republican dissidents.

"And I believe it was the right thing to do. So I am here today to express my similar outrage at Kevin's murder.

"I think it is important all of us are seen to stand together against what is effectively hate crime."

He said he had met with Mr McDaid's widow Evelyn and with rela-tiveof Damien Fleming, 46, who is still fighting for his life.

Mr Robinson, who had also offered to attend a similar meeting, added: "The Deputy First Minister and I take our responsibility very seriously and it's vital we not only give a lead, but we bring forward policies which encourage that cohesion within our community."


UNITED STAND Sir Hugh flanked by Robinson and McGuinness yesterday
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 29, 2009
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