Parades banned from passing Ardoyne

Published Tuesday, 23 July 2013
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The Parades Commission has ruled two Orange Order parades will not be allowed to pass the Ardoyne shopfronts in north Belfast.

Parades banned from passing Ardoyne
The next two parades have had restrictions imposed on them again. (© Pacemaker)

The Orange Order had applied to stage another Saturday march in the area on the Crumlin Road this weekend, as well as on the 3 and 10 August.

The parades watchdog, ruling on the two most upcoming demonstrations, says the Lodges and bands must not proceed between the junction of Woodvale Road and Woodvale Parade and the junction of Hesketh Road and Crumlin Road.

It comes after thousands of demonstrators gathered at police lines in north Belfast at the weekend as an Orange Order parade was prevented from walking past the Ardoyne shopfronts in accordance with a Parades Commission ruling.

The Order said it wanted to complete the return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July.

Alliance North Belfast Councillor John Blair has called for the Orange Order to enter talks.

"The Orange Order have made their point in expressing their opposition to the Parades Commission determination, now is the time for them to enter talks. This is the only way a positive resolution will be found," he said following the parades ruling.

"Further protests will not accomplish their goals, it will only further heighten tensions in the area. There is no benefit to be achieved from continued protests.

"The Parades Commission is the lawful body for the regulation of parades, and their determinations must be respected."

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49 Comments
Eamo in Belfast wrote (265 days ago):
To Ballysillan Resident read Belfast in Belfast comment you will get home safley then.
Snowy in Ardoyne in Ireland wrote (266 days ago):
Snowy in Ardoyne Well, The Big Man did say it. Never, Never, Never, Never. And how right he was.
madraj55 in derry wrote (266 days ago):
Belfast in Belfast. I wonder what the OO and it's fellow travellers will do to mark the 3rd of December first anniversary of the flags debacle? Their feet must be riddled with holes the amount of vertical shooting they've been doing. They should all be made to live in England for summers when young to show them their version of 'Britishness' isn't shared by their fellow UK residents.
john in belfast wrote (266 days ago):
the Oneway Order
Ballysillan Resident in Belfast wrote (266 days ago):
I think the Orange Order and the people of Ballysillan should take this to the European Court of Human Rights. Nobody has the right to stop people from getting home safely. To those stating this is now a shared society. What exactly is shared when you won't allow people to walk past shops to get home along a stretch of road? And can someone please tell me where Gerry Kelly lives. He has been at Ardoyne, Carrick Hill and Short Strand. He was part of the delgation that met the Orange Order before the 12th as Ardoyne? This is why the Orange Order won't talk because they are not actually talking to the residents but to people who travel all over the place to be offended.
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