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Human Rights Political Policing PSNI Brutality

Wed 20 November 2013, 4:17pm

Tweet The Parades Commission has given its determination on the ‘Loyal Peaceful Protestors’ march on 30th November through Belfast city centre. The purpose of the parade is given on the application as ‘Human Rights Political Policing PSNI Brutality’ and the date is to coincide with anniversary of the designated days vote in Belfast city council […] more »

No #Twaddell from Parades Commission

Wed 2 October 2013, 12:54pm
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Tweet The Parades Commission has given its response to the ‘Twaddell Initiative‘ put forward by Unionists and the Orders. Not only does it say No, but it publicly deconstructs how it was first made aware of proposal by the media and dismissed the grounds for a late application, the failure to abide by its ruling […] more »

More #Twaddell: DUP, dupes and duplicity.

Mon 30 September 2013, 12:56pm

Tweet The onus is now upon nationalism to show leadership and to respond positively to this genuine attempt to reach accommodation. They must face down the elements in their community who wish to drag Northern Ireland back. So says DUP ‘leader’ Peter Robinson, but presumably not in reference to his party members who were advocating […] more »

Scotland’s Commissioner to investigate Gerry Kelly’s attendance and speech at Castlederg parade

Tue 24 September 2013, 9:11pm

Tweet With the Northern Ireland Assembly Commissioner for Standards, Douglas Bain, having recused himself from the investigation of the complaints that Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly’s attendance and speech at the controversial Castlederg Parade in August this year was in breach of the code of conduct for MLAs “by glorifying terrorism and damaging community relations”  [Is he washing his hair? […] more »

Even Protestants don’t support parades and protests: #LucidTalk

Mon 16 September 2013, 5:10pm
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Tweet More figures from LucidTalk in the Belfast Telegraph, this time on Parades. Respondents were asked which statements they agreed most closely with (results given as percentages): If you exclude don’t knows, you get the following results (results given as percentages): And, if pie-charts are your thing, here’s charts for the first three groups excluding don’t […] more »

Belfast No 3 District signals #Ardoyne as new Drumcree

Fri 19 July 2013, 3:35pm

Tweet There was a strong hint today that unionism is heading towards a Drumcree-style approach at Ardoyne. After the announcement from the Parades Commission that Belfast No 2 District will also be restricted from parading the section of the Crumlin Road from Woodvale to Hesketh Road this Saturday, Belfast No 3 District have applied to […] more »

Belfast No 2 District wants to try again: #Ardoyne

Wed 17 July 2013, 4:15pm

Tweet Belfast No. 2 District have now applied to parade along the same section that they walked last Friday morning, but were restricted from in the evening. Presumably, they now feel suitably fortified with the Assembly’s motion on the Parade’s Commission’s ‘illogical determination’ in their hip pocket, despite the fact that, due to AK47 NI21 not supporting the motion, […] more »

“this Assembly notes the lawful but illogical determination issued by the Parades Commission…”

Tue 16 July 2013, 3:44pm

Tweet As the BBC reports, the Northern Ireland Assembly has rejected a tabled Sinn Féin amendment, and supported the DUP’s original motion on the recent north Belfast determination of the Parades Commission by 43 votes to 42 – here’s the Commission’s earlier defence of that decision.  And here’s the resolved text from the NI Assembly That this Assembly notes […] more »

Is ‘Mutual Aid’ an explicit criticism of PSNI political policing?

Mon 15 July 2013, 2:31pm

Tweet Chris has pretty much nailed most of the 2013 #Twelfth (so far) apart from one issue which has generally passed almost without comment. A couple of days before the Twelfth, the PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott announced that 630 extra police officers would be deployed for the 2013 marching season. These officers would be drafted […] more »

SDLP to lodge an amendment to the DUP’s special motion on Tuesday…

Sun 14 July 2013, 3:00pm

Tweet And it seems that the SDLP will be putting an amendment down when the Assembly meets for a special sitting on Tuesday. Conall McDevitt: “On Tuesday when the Assembly meets the SDLP will seek to give parties the opportunity back an amendment to the DUP motion which condemns the violence, challenges the sectarianism displayed […] more »

“The Commission has heard the decision of the judge late this evening and cannot agree with his view…”

Fri 12 July 2013, 12:35pm

Tweet We’ll have to wait to see the detail.  But, in the meantime, the News Letter has the he said/she said response to a High Court ruling overturning a Parades Commission determination in Castlederg.  From the News Letter report A spokesman for the band, which was supported by TUV leader Jim Allister, said the case was won […] more »

Has the underplating of local power shifted through the pre 12th talks over Ardoyne?

Thu 11 July 2013, 2:21pm

Tweet I think Brian Rowan is on to something potentially significant here: In 2013 Ardoyne is not a new headline or a new problem. It has been with us for years, not something that grew out of the story of the dissidents. I reported from there when plastic bullets were fired as if they were […] more »

2013 contingency plan: let’s get all Belfast lodges to go to #Ardoyne

Thu 11 July 2013, 10:23am

Tweet The Irish News is reporting  that the Orange Order may put a contingency plan in place that would see all lodges in Belfast take a return route that takes them to the restricted section at Ardoyne (via paywall). According to the Irish News: It is believed they [the Orange Order] are considering asking Orangemen to march […] more »

And after the Ardoyne parade back up to Stormont, again…

Wed 10 July 2013, 8:14pm

Tweet Well given the passion (and the brutality of that DUP attack) on Monday… the DUP have decided to call everyone back into Stormont on Tuesday, 16 July 2013… A spokeswoman for the assembly said: “There will be an additional plenary sitting of the Northern Ireland assembly on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 after the Speaker received […] more »

Sinn Féin Minister hit by PSNI jeep following Tour of the North

Sat 22 June 2013, 12:00am

Tweet According to reports on twitter, Sinn Féin Minister Carál Ní Chuilín was taken to hospital after being hit by a jeep at Carrickhill following the Tour of the North parade on Friday night. Gerry Kelly was also carried on the bonnet of a PSNI jeep. Gerry Adams has given some details: Caral released from […] more »

“Republicans should remember that the third colour in the Irish flag is Orange…”

Mon 20 May 2013, 1:25pm

Tweet Last Thursday’s The View gave most of the programme over to the vexed issue of parading. It includes a number of noteworthy points. Neil Jarmin points out that the Parades Commission has missed an opportunity offered it by Paddy Ashdown’s Strategic Review of Parading to give it a more robust set of processes (that […] more »

Micheál Martin “there is a grave danger that policing in the North will be compromised because of this activity”

Fri 17 May 2013, 5:09pm

Tweet I’ve alluded to this in a post earlier in the week, but the Oireachtas record gives Deputy Gerry Adams a voice not captured on the Dail video. The exchange between himself and the leader of Fianna Fail is very instructive, not least as we face into another summer of discontent… The relevant section begins […] more »

“Simply because if you fill in a form you could get charged with an offence”

Fri 22 February 2013, 12:45pm

Tweet So, Mervyn Gibson rocked the boat on The View last night, when he noted the Orange may, after taking legal advice, choose not to notify the Parades Commission… Why? because one of the outcomes of the recent flag protest is a new ‘understanding’ that if you don’t notify the Parades Commission, there is nothing […] more »

Orange Order: No one will have veto over our Ulster Covenant parade

Fri 21 September 2012, 11:30am

Tweet “No one will have a veto over our Ulster Covenant parade”, says Mervyn Gibson, county grand chaplain of the Orange Order in Belfast (as reported in the Tele): Mr Gibson said that the organisation had consulted with clergy and parishioners from St Patrick’s but that it did not feel compelled to consult with residents […] more »

Was Sunday’s loyalist riot in north Belfast an attempt to ‘regulate by riot’?

Mon 3 September 2012, 3:41pm

Tweet So there was riot in north Belfast. What’s new? Well, what’s new is that for the first time in a number of years it was initiated by Loyalists against a Republican parade. In recent years, the traffic has been more or less one way in the opposite direction. And it seems to have been […] more »

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