In marked contrast to last year, the Orange parade on the Springfield Road passed off without serious incident. As Susanne Breen notes, there were some prominent figures in both Sinn and the IRA to make sure the protest remained quiet and dignified. As Breen notes, “The cost of policing the march and the subsequent rioting was over £3m”.
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