Portadown LOL pledges protest support

Published Saturday, 26 October 2013
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The Orange Order in Portadown has given its support to north Belfast lodges who continue to protest against the Parades Commission's decision not to allow them to pass by the Ardoyne shopfronts on 12 July.

Portadown LOL pledges protest support
Portadown District Master Darryl Hewitt addresses protestors on Saturday. (© UTV)

A number of parades have since been prevented from going beyond the Woodvale Road junction.

At the weekly protest on Saturday afternoon, supporters were told by Portadown District Master Darryl Hewitt that the Parades Commission is not fit for purpose.

"We have said on numerous occasions that the non-Parades Commission is not fit for purpose and that it should be changed, not only in terms of the personnel but more importantly changes must be made to the flawed legislation that brought it into being," Mr Hewitt said.

"It seems to be that once the republican community threaten violence then it is us that have our civil and religious liberties denied."

He continued, saying: "As I am sure you are aware our Grand Master issued an invitation to Dr Richard Haass to visit both Portadown and Twaddell Avenue to learn at first-hand what the real problems are.

"I am sure that you would join me in supporting wholeheartedly the Grand Master's invitation by declaring today that none of us will be found wanting if we get the opportunity to meet with Dr Haass."

Dr Haass is the independent chair of all-party talks on flags, parades and other unresolved issues in the region.

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43 Comments
dean in woodvale wrote (264 days ago):
i must say see them people up above saying this is real world maybe use think it but wait and see.what use all have to remember yours are ruled my the queen and i and every loyalist who stand in rain snow whatever weather we are doing it for good cause the band and oo will return home some day not saying day marrow or next but wee are half way there wee want prades commison to go and wee have won that so see when it new prades commison i hope they have watched what the last commison done and hope they dont do right mistake so dont be thinking yours have won as easy loyalist are still here and will keep being here in northernireland
Jim in Ireland wrote (272 days ago):
Let it snow,let it snow, let it snow. Orange dinosaurs deserve nothing more.
Ogers in N.abbey wrote (272 days ago):
If you let the boys from Portadown support you your march will be doomed. Look at their peaceful protests were. But it is ok the world has now seen that you just want to walk wherever there are Catholics to prove a point.
Game Over in for Loyalism wrote (272 days ago):
You can print my previous comment there UTV moderators... I'm surprised you are pulling it when I read some of the muck you allow through.
Berni in Co.down wrote (273 days ago):
Grow up buncha clowns ,, fighting for nothing when theirs ppl and kids fighting for their lives!!!!
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