ABOD Ardoyne feeder parade to go ahead…

Looks like there’s been yet another settlement in one of the most contentious areas for parades disputes in the last few years, north Belfast. Saturday’s Apprentice Boys march is to go ahead, hopefully without rancour.From the Parades Commission:

Following yesterday’s meeting of the Parades Commission a spokesman said:

“We have heard from representatives of the North and West Belfast Parades Forum (NWBPF) and the Ardoyne Parades Dialogue Group (APDG) with regard to the ABOD parade scheduled to take place on the morning of Saturday 12th August 2006. An understanding has been reached between the two sides with respect of the parade.

In view of that understanding the Commission has decided not to issue a determination in respect of the parade.”

Parades Commission Chairman Roger Poole welcomed the development.

“We welcome the further progress which has been made in north Belfast around these very sensitive issues. There has been real progress in North Belfast over the last number of months and we are acutely aware of the level of commitment and energy invested in this process by all sides. I am pleased that once again we have been able to agree that no Parades Commission determination is necessary.”

  • Nevin

    [i]I am pleased that once again we have been able to agree that no Parades Commission determination is necessary[/i]

    Does the PC have an arbitrary approach to making determinations? There was no determination on this paramilitary parade in Ballycastle and a severe one in Ballymena.

  • Jeff

    Shouldn’t the “r” in rdoyne be capitalized?

  • na

    “this paramilitary parade in Ballycastle and a severe one in Ballymena. “

    Hopefully the day is getting closer when the organiser/particpants will have Slugger’s face the courts for comments like this.

  • inuit_goddess

    Well if they get dressed up in the paramilitary gear and march around playing paramilitary songs that glorify violence what would you call it?

  • na

    IG,

    The Orange Order? A commemoration? A re-enactment?

    Slugger’s is allowing the organisers (who are named on the submission to the PC and therefore identifiable individuals) and participants in legal commemorative activity to be described as paramilitary.

    When people get pissed off with this labelling and seek redress lets hope this website isn’t the test case, they couldn’t afford it.

  • Garibaldy

    NA,

    in at least one case, the organiser is a former paramilitary prisoner. I doubt there would be a successful libel case

  • Nevin

    Dunloy Fallen Comrades – links to picture and video clips.

    [i]”This is an important commemorative year for Republicans, it is also an oppurtunity for us not only to remember our comrades but to introduce them to another generation of younger Irish people who know them as no more than a footnote in the history books.”[/i]

  • Nevin

    More about the paramilitary comrades.