Orange apply to march past Ardoyne

Orange apply to march past Ardoyne

The Orange Order has again applied to the Parades Commission to complete its contentious march past the Ardoyne shops.

Ahead of last year's Twelfth, Orangemen, their supporters and bands, were refused permission to march past the north Belfast interface as part of their return march.The move sparked anger and serious public disorder.A protest camp was then set up at Twaddell Avenue and nightly demonstrations have been held by Orangemen and their supporters which have required police security.Earlier this month Justice Minister David Ford called for the camp to be disbanded after he revealed the £9m cost of the police operation.It's understood Orange officials, Catholic and Church of Ireland clergy, politicians and residents' representatives on both sides have been meeting to discuss a resolution to the dispute.The three Ligoniel Lodges of the Orange Order concerned have again applied to the Parades Commission to complete their Twelfth march on Saturday, 7 June.The Orange Order has said the march, pencilled in for between 9am and 10am, is the "best opportunity" to resolve the issue.However, nationalist sources have told UTV there is no agreement on the parade.The Parades Commission is set to decide on the application on Thursday.

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