Northern Ireland

Concerns over Orange Order march to 'honour' UDA man raised with Parades Commission

UDA member Jim Guiney was killed 25 years ago today
UDA member Jim Guiney was killed 25 years ago today UDA member Jim Guiney was killed 25 years ago today

Concerns have been raised with the Parades Commission over an Orange Order march organised to “honour" a UDA man killed by republicans 25 years ago today.

Jim Guiney (38) was shot dead at his carpet shop in Dunmurry, on the outskirts of west Belfast, by the INLA on January 19, 1998.

At his funeral 16 men, some wearing Orange sashes, flanked his coffin, which was draped in a UDA flag and Glasgow Rangers jersey.

Orange lodge, LOL 1981, is now planning to hold a memorial parade for Mr Guiney in the Derriaghy area on Saturday.

The Orange Order has been urged to "rethink" the parade by Marian Walsh whose son Damien (17) was shot dead by the UDA/UFF as he worked at the Dairy Farm shopping centre near Twinbrook, in March 1993.

The parade, which has not been marked sensitive, will take place not far from where the teenager was killed and Ms Walsh has branded it "insensitive".

"I would urge them to rethink it because it's sending out a message that they support paramilitarism," she said.

The order was contacted for comment.

A spokesman for the Parades Commission said it has been made aware “of concerns about a proposed parade”.

However, he refused to confirm if it has been touch with the parade organisers saying “as per its procedural rules, all evidence provided to the commission by interested parties, whether written or oral, is treated in confidence.”

“The notified parade will be subject to the commission’s code which sets out clear guidance to be observed by participants to ensure that those participating in public processions do so legally and peacefully, while at the same time minimizing disruption, annoyance or offence to those who work or live on or near the route along which they pass,” he said.

The spokesman added that “based on the information available, no further conditions have been applied”.

Alliance Party assembly member Sorcha Eastwood has previously urged “organisers to reconsider their parade."

Sinn Féin councillor Gary McCleave has said the planned parade is "creating tension in the area".

Mark Thompson, of Relatives for Justice, called on DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson to condemn the planned parade.

Mr Donaldson has previously raised concerns over similar republican events.

“Is he going to call it out, is he going to condemn it and is he going to call on them to ensure that it doesn’t take place using his influence as an MP and a leading Orangeman and member of the loyal orders?" Mr Thompson asked.

The DUP was contacted for comment.