Executive calls for 'lawful' Twelfth

Published Tuesday, 08 July 2014
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The Executive has called for all parades and any related protests over the Twelfth to be "lawful".

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In a brief two-line joint statement following a meeting at Stormont Castle on Tuesday, the five party group said: "The Executive agreed that all parades and parades-related protests should be lawful.

"The Executive acknowledges the efforts of many to ensure a peaceful summer."

The move comes after a Parades Commission determination in north Belfast for Saturday's annual Twelfth march sparked outrage among unionist politicians.

The commission ruled, in an identical determination to last year, the three Ligoniel lodges could march past the Ardoyne shops for the morning parade, but not for the return procession.

Last year's ruling on the contentious route sparked several days of rioting across the region.

A camp, in protest at the ruling, was also established at Twaddell Avenue.

The cost of policing the area and the nightly demonstrations in north Belfast has cost over £10m over the past year.

Following this year's ruling, unionist politicians pulled out of talks aimed at resolving the contentious issues of flags, parades and the past and said they would make a "graduated response" to the determination.

Although they have yet to outline what that means, it's understood unionist leaders will give some indication of their plans later in the week.

The Executive met for over two hours on Tuesday, with rumours of a unionist walkout proving unfounded.

UTV understands the biggest disagreement around the table, however, was over financial matters with no agreement made on the June monitoring round which could impact government spending.

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Stephen in Belfast wrote (204 days ago):
Democracy is accepting all things legal , agreeable or not . Unionism led by mr robinson turn everything they dont like into conflict. Mr robinson twadell is an illegal camp costing enough money to fix our health service yet you leave the park and take your ball. Man up represent all the people or resign, have some honour . You are a disgrace
j corrigan in enniskillen wrote (204 days ago):
where has the optimism of post 1998 gone? do our politicians from all sides realize how turned off the significant majority are about flags, parades, and the return of sectarian politics. who can the reasonable and decent amongst us vote for now that ni 21 have imploded. my advice -make sure to be out of the place during July and listen to any station other than BBC NI for the rest of the year!
colin in bangor wrote (204 days ago):
this country is a joke when when our politicians have to remind people not to break the law, the polititians wind loyalists up and then tell them to behave....when is our secretary of state going to sack individual irresponsible politicians
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