Commission to reconsider Garvaghy march

Published Tuesday, 24 June 2014
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The Parades Commission is to review its decision to allow a parade in the Garvaghy Road area of Portadown.

Commission to reconsider Garvaghy march
The Orange Order has been prevented from marching the Garvaghy Road. (© Pacemaker)

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.

© UTV News
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10 Comments
Nonbigot in Lurgan wrote (119 days ago):
I remember Mr McKenna was double crossed by two unionist polititions a long time ago when the OO walked up that road, but i think that has become personal with him, (we all ) have to move on ( even him ) just step aside and let your fellow citizens go where they want within the law, if Derry republicans can do it why can't you people in Portadown, do you think you 'll lose your importance?
lurgan in lurgan wrote (120 days ago):
they actully march to the bridge every sunday. the media tend to blank this
c in Portadown wrote (120 days ago):
Make it clear UTV this is not the Drumcree Parade. This parade does not even go onto the Garvaghy RD proper but Victoria T.
SIlverALiPlain in Moyarget wrote (120 days ago):
So Brendan has rang the PC and they are now reconsidering!!! What a joke!!!!!! Again this is there idea of shared space.
big john in sydenham wrote (120 days ago):
another back down in the face of republin violence shared space i think not
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