The parades issue

Published Wednesday, 07 July 2010
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There was much relief after a very quiet Drumcree Sunday.

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.

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Ken Reid
Ken Reid

Ken Reid is Political Editor at UTV. His career as a journalist began at The News Letter in 1977, where he remained for seven years. This was followed by stints as the sports editor, and later editor, of the Sunday News, and reporting for the Cork Examiner.

Ken joined UTV in 1994. He says one of his most memorable moments was breaking the Ian Paisley retirement story in 2008.

He's a big fan of rugby (Ballymena to be precise), cricket and football (Everton FC) and loves music, especially blues.

His favourite motto is Everton FC's: "Nil satis nisi optimum"... Only the best is good enough.

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