Commission to reconsider Garvaghy march

Commission to reconsider Garvaghy march

The Parades Commission is to review its decision to allow a parade in the Garvaghy Road area of Portadown.

The Commission has allowed a march to parade along Victoria Terrace in the town this Saturday for the dedication of a new loyalist arch.In the notification for the march, submitted to the Parades Commission, it is expected two bands will take part with around 200 people.Nationalist residents, however, have expressed their anger at the decision as they consider Victoria Terrace to be a part of Garvaghy Road.Brendan MacCionnaith of the Garvaghy Road Residents' Coalition told The Irish News the decision was "deeply flawed and incomprehensible".On Tuesday the Parades Commission said it had requested further information from those behind the parade and will discuss the decision at some stage during the day.The Garvaghy Road has been at the centre of a parading dispute for the past two decades.Despite a low-key annual march, the main Orange Order has been banned from marching along the road since 1998.


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