Orange Order to meet Ardoyne residents
Loyalist parade past Ardoyne shops became a flashpoint for trouble during marching season
Orangewomen walk pass the Ardoyne shops in Belfast as Orangemen celebrate the Twelfth of July in 2011. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Rioting and burning car’s in Ardoyne, Belfast in 2010 after Orangemen marched past the nationalist area on their way back from the 12th July parade. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times
Police and protesters in Ardoyne, Belfast ahead of the Orangemen march past the nationalist area on their way back from the 12th July parade in 2010. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times
Orange Order parades near the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast have been a flashpoint for trouble over the Twelfth of July period. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times
Rpresentatives of the Orange Order are to meet with residents of the nationalist Ardoyne ahead of a contentious July 12th parade.
The meeting follows a request by the Twaddell & Wodvale Residents Association for three lodges to meet directly with the Crumlin and Ardoyne Residents Association.
The move was widely welcomed. Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast, Gerry Kelly, welcomed the proposed meeting. “I very much welcome the news of these talks. The residents group, CARA, is on the public record calling for such talks for some years,” Mr Kelly said.
“While it is very close to the 12th of July parades, anytime is the right time to begin a process of genuine dialogue.”
Presbyterian Moderator Rt Rev Dr Rob Craig said “Local face to face dialogue on the basis of mutual respect is always to be encouraged and should be welcomed by all people of good will.”