Robinson trying to solve Drumcree

The News Letter and Belfast Telegraph are reporting that First Minister Peter Robinson has offered to meet the Orange Order and Garvaghy residents in an attempt to solve the Drumcree dispute.

The News Letter quotes Robinson saying:

“I have written to both the Orange District and resident’s group in good faith and I hope that they will feel able to respond in a positive manner.
By demonstrating a commonsense approach, I am certain that we can find a way through this issue. I will do all I can to help progress this matter to a consensual conclusion, but I would be equally content if in the preliminary discussions the two parties agree on some other approach or arrangement which might meet reach the outcome that everyone in Portadown and indeed throughout Northern Ireland wishes to see.”

The Grand Master of Portadown district gave the intervention a warm welcome though Brendan McKenna of the Garvaghy residents association seemed more cautious.