FRESH ORANGE ORDER ARDOYNE MARCH BID

Orangmen have applied to hold another parade past the Ardoyne shop fronts this Saturday

Orangmen have applied to hold another parade past the Ardoyne shop fronts this Saturday

THE Orange Order has applied to the Parades Commission for another march in north Belfast this Saturday, July 27.

And the Belfast District has also want to parade on Saturday 3 and 10 August.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered at police lines in north Belfast at the weekend in support of an Orange Order parade which was prevented from walking past the Ardoyne shopfronts, on the Crumlin Road, 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.

A senior Orange Order leader said the talks with the residents association in Ardoyne have not been ruled out.

However, County Grand Chaplain Rev Mervyn Gibson said that ground rules need to be sorted before any discussions take place over parades which pass the area in north Belfast.

It comes after a protest by the Orange Order and supporters on the Woodvale Road on Saturday passed off peacefully.

“I think we’re not ruling anything out. We’ll certainly talk if it helps the situation.

Rev Mervyn Gibson

Rev Mervyn Gibson

“I’m hopeful the parades situation around Northern Ireland will be resolved in the future so we can all live in a shared city and a shared Northern Ireland so the brethren at Ligoniel get home, so the brethren in Portadown get sorted out.”

On the Twelfth of July, police lines came under sustained attack as officers blocked Orangemen from marching past the nationalist Ardoyne district, as determined by the Parades Commission.

To date, 78 people have been arrested over rioting related to the parades dispute.

In total, 71 police officers – 68 from the PSNI and three ‘mutal aid’ officers drafted in from Great Britain – have been injured.

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