Protestants want to talk about parades, north and south…

TWO parades, both with a history of violence, both with loyalists seeking talks about their future. Protestant victims’ group FAIR is meeting the Garda Commissioner in Dublin later this morning to discuss another Love Ulster parade – you’ll remember the republican riots that disrupted the last attempt to march in Dublin. Meanwhile, Portadown Orangemen have said they’re (finally) ready to meet their opponents, in order to try to secure a march from Drumcree Church down the Garvaghy Road. BBC clip here. The Order says its only pre-condition to sitting down in a room with those opposed to their parade is an independent chairman. However, the Garvaghy Road Residents Coalition says it has major doubts over the Orangemen’s willingness to talk, claiming the Order hasn’t acknowledged that a possible outcome of any dialogue might be that there is still no parade.

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