Firstly, many in the community are concerned about the price that the DUP will extract for the devolution of justice. The SDLP believes the price will be high and include the abolition of the Parades Commission, to be replaced by the flawed proposals of Lord Ashdown. This is not the way to go. The SDLP will campaign, and outlines in this paper, for this not to happen and urges others to adopt the same course.
Secondly, the events of 13 July in Ardoyne and elsewhere require an immediate, measured, political and community response. There is a need to stabilise issues around parading to ensure disputes neither escalate nor are subject to the destructive ambitions of small elements. This document outlines what can be done now to help achieve this objective.
Policy Document: Managing Disputed Parades