Preparing for the Twelfth. The bonfire is ready to be lit and the middle class has left town. Photograph: Reuters

Here’s a question. Is the festival of stomping, shouting and sunburn currently being endured in parts of Ulster the only such patriotic celebration th(...)

Isaac Andrews of the West Belfast Ulster Political Research Group at the Twaddell loyalist protest camp, manned every day and night, coming up to one year after a Parades Commission determination last July prevented three local Orange lodges walking along a stretch of the Crumlin Road back to their hall. Photograph: Justin Kernaghan/Photopress Belfast

The second biggest date on the Orange calendar apart from the Twelfth witnessed the second biggest Orange District on Earth take to the streets of eas(...)

“The recent union flag controversy is perhaps the most obvious example of blows suffered by loyalists in general,” says Rev Mervyn Gibson, Orange Order chaplain. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Failure lies in wait for young working-class Protestant males. That is the stark warning in a recent Community Relations Council report presented to t(...)

Rev Mervyn Gibson commented he would prefer a memorial rather than a mural to Gerry Adams. He subsequently said he wished no one dead.  Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

The Orange Order’s grand chaplain has defended his comment that he would prefer a “memorial” rather than a “mural” to be created to Sinn Féin presiden(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (left) and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

First Minister Peter Robinson has accused Martin McGuinness of speaking like a “dictator” and making “unhelpful and irrational” comments that were dam(...)

 Dr Richard Haass in Belfast: The US diplomat, among many ideas, has suggested a single investigative body to deal with Troubles-related killings. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

One senior talks source in a non-Swiftian non-ironical way described Dr Richard Haass’s paper on how to deal with parades, the past and flags as a “mo(...)

PSNI officers face an Orange Order banner during a protest  on the Woodvale Road in Belfast on Saturday. Photograph by  Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye.

The Orange Order has confirmed it will continue to hold weekly protest marches in Belfast in the short-term, but has stressed it will be exploring “ot(...)

Orange Order spokesman Mervyn Gibson said there was no danger there would be a repeat today of the violence that erupted after the annual Twelfth of July commemorations. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

A loyalist protest parade at a north Belfast flashpoint has passed off peacefully.Several thousand Orange Order members, bandsmen and supporters were (...)

The Rev Mervyn Gibson with Orange marshalls on the Woodvale Road in Belfast on Saturday afternoon. Photograph:  Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

The Orange Order parade and protest in north Belfast at the weekend is part of a “long campaign” to see three Orange lodges return home past the natio(...)

Members of the Orange Order take protest after police blocked an Orange Parade from marching past the Nationalist Ardoyne area in Belfast today. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

A contentious Orange Order parade and protest passed off peacefully this afternoon in north Belfast amid heavy security.Three Orange lodges comprising(...)