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Community Impact of Public Processions

Community Impact of Public Processions

Friday, February 20, 2015

ISBN: 9781785441073

The study examined the community impact of public processions, with a particular focus on processions which were perceived to be 'problematic'. The research involved a multi-method approach and included qualitative and quantitative data collection. Although the research considered a wide range of processions (including community and political), its particular focus was on Loyalist and Irish Republican processions.

Executive Summary

This report presents findings from a study which explored the community impact of public processions, with a particular focus on those which are perceived to be 'problematic'. The research considered a wide range of processions but focussed particularly on Loyalist and Irish Republican processions. The research involved a multi-method approach which included the collection and analysis of local authority statistics on procession notifications, analysis of police incident data and qualitative and quantitative research across case-study sites (selected on the basis that they hosted prominent key processions). It aimed overall to inform dialogue about how to best balance three aspects: firstly, the importance of celebrating identity and freedom of expression for those taking part; secondly the local authority duty to protect public safety and prevent disorder and crime; and thirdly, the right of affected communities to express their own thoughts and beliefs.