‘This is about the type of society we live in
and the values we hold’
The Workers Party has presented its formal submission to the commission on Parades and protests; flags, symbols and emblems, and related matters; and the past headed up by American diplomat Dr Richard Haass and current Harvard University professor Dr Meghan O’Sullivan.
The Party is quite clear that its approach to these issues is fundamentally different to that of that of all other parties.
The issues of parades and protests, flags and emblems are primarily political issues relating to the continuing dominance of unionist and nationalist politics and the persistence of sectarianism and segregation in Northern Ireland.
Ultimately the continuing difficulties surrounding Parades and Flags relate to the failed politics of the past, the deliberate fanning of sectarian embers to maintain a political power base and the failure to create the new order envisaged by the Good Friday Agreement.
Our approach to dealing with the issues of the past recognises those victims and their families who rightly seek the truth about what happened to their loved ones. There is a need to deliver that on their behalf.
However, we view this discussion as being about the type of society we live in and the values that society holds.
Read the Workers Party submission in full here:
For further information on the Haass Commissions see http://panelofpartiesnie.com