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Return parade banned

By Evan Short

The Parades Commission has ruled that Orangemen will not be allowed to return past Nationalist homes on the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne on July 12.
The determination, released just before noon today (Thursday) as the North Belfast News went to print, will be met with relief in nationalist Ardoyne.
Talks between residents and the Orange Order broke down two weeks ago when the Order withdrew without reason.
They refused to say why they had ended the discussions that were being facilitated by the Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland.
The determination reads that ‘the Ligoniel True Blues Lodge will not be permitted to proceed past the junction of Woodvale Parade and Woodvale Road, and marchers have to disperse by 7.30pm’.
The determination was met with anger amongst unionists with a joint statement released by the DUP, UUP, PUP, TUV and UPRG saying the decision brings “a very real risk of widespread violence and disorder”.
It says that the Parades Commission has given into “republican threats” and “flies in the face of the democratically expressed wishes of the people of Northern Ireland”.
The DUP and UUP have also announced they are to withdraw from the recent Stormont talks aimed at finding a resolution to the parades issue.
The determination has, however, been welcomed by both Sinn Féin and the SDLP.

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