Parades banned from passing Ardoyne

Parades banned from passing Ardoyne

The Parades Commission has ruled two Orange Order parades will not be allowed to pass the Ardoyne shopfronts in north Belfast.

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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