Orange Ardoyne march decision deferred

Published Thursday, 29 May 2014
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The Parades Commission has deferred its decision on an application from the Orange Order to march past a contentious north Belfast flash point to allow further talks to take place over the weekend.

Orange Ardoyne march decision deferred
The restriction sparked anger and serious rioting. (© Presseye)

In July, the three Ligoniel lodges concerned were refused permission to march past the Ardoyne shop fronts as part of their return parade for the annual Twelfth marches.

Since that decision members of the Orange Order and its supporters have held a permanent protest at Twaddell Avenue over the decision.

They have also held weekly parades and nightly demonstrations in the area, which has required a police presence.

Discussions between residents' groups, politicians, the Orange Order and church leaders have been ongoing in order to try and facilitate a resolution.

Earlier this week, UTV revealed the Order had again applied to march the contentious route on Saturday, 7 June between 9am and 10am.

The Order said the parade was the "best opportunity" to resolve the issue.

The Parades Commission was set to decide on the application on Thursday, however, it has deferred the matter to next week to allow for the talks to continue over the weekend.

A spokesman said: "The commission has been made aware of an initiative involving church leaders to facilitate local discussions this weekend.

"As the commission believes that local accommodation is the best way to resolve sensitive parading issues, it has agreed to convene next Tuesday, 3 June to consider any further representations."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Robert Anderson, in Glasgow U.K wrote (227 days ago):
Let them walk home,past the shops. Without playing any tunes. The bill for the policing Must be astranomical. This money cauld be spent on more important things!.
same old in belfast wrote (230 days ago):
They need to move with the times march up and down the shankill rd 365 days a year and know one else would care
Michael in Belfast wrote (233 days ago):
Will in Belfast there is no basic Human Right to shove your bigoted, sectarian traditions down another section,of the community, so pray enlighten us all what Human Right the OO are being denied.
Will in Belfast wrote (235 days ago):
The more the parades commission refuse the lodges up the crumlin road the more money its going to cost let them up the road every one has a right it is not a nationalist area and the Orange Order are being denied their human rights
Willie johnston in Belfast wrote (238 days ago):
Let them up the road
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