Published Wednesday, 07 July 2010
The Portadown Orangemen made their weekly protest and headed home for their lunch.
Behind the scenes there was real hope progress was being made in resolving the parading issue.
Then it emerged the Orange order had rejected the report of the DUP-Sinn Fein working group set up after the Hillsborough agreement.
The vote may have been narrow but it does represent a set-back.
DUP sources say the work will continue and point out the consultation period will continue.
Sinn Fein's John O'Dowd says the Orange Order has contributed nothing to the peace process and it is time to change.
Tom Elliott for the Ulster Unionists says the working group involved only the DUP and Sinn Fein and they were paying the price.
Mr Elliott said the situation was a mess.
Legislation is due to be introduced into the Assembly in the autumn.
The talking will continue but the problems are real.
Fingers are crossed for a quiet Twelfth, particularily at Ardoyne.
Expect to hear more in the coming days.
The DUP and Sinn Fein can't afford to let this one go away.