Drumcree

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The capacity for violence remained “very near to the surface” in Northern Ireland and  politicians must “take their time” in any discussions around future governance, former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon has warned. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

Former Northern Ireland deputy first minister Seamus Mallon has warned that holding a border poll based on the premise of securing a 50 per cent plus (...)

Orangemen gathered for a dress rehearsal over the weekend, known as the ‘Mini Twelfth’. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The fields around the quaint Co Armagh village of Richhill are usually quiet, bar the sounds of farmers at work, but they will today host the world ’s(...)

Drumcree parade: police stop Portadown Orangemen from walking down Garvaghy road. Photograph: Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press

For the 19th year in succession Portadown Orangemen were barred from completing their annual Drumcree parade by marching down the nationalist Garvaghy(...)

Orangemen on Garvaghy Road on their way to Drumcree in 2000. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Orangemen banned for 20 years from completing the controversial Drumcree parade have insisted their determination to overturn the prohibition has not (...)

Ah yes. July 1st. We’ll never feel till Christmas. You think I’m joking? Six months of 2017 gone. Six to go. If they pass with the same stealth as the(...)

A painted lady butterfly near the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Photograph: Cepa Giblin

The end of this summer in Northern Ireland is notable for something that has not happened. We have had a peaceful marching season – or at least it has(...)

A Twelfth of July parade proceeds through  Markethill, Co Armagh in July 2014. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Orange Order has called on politicians in the North to “grasp the parading nettle” and work to end marching disputes at its annual Drumcree parade(...)

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