Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers has urged Orange Order leaders, politicians and community representatives to try to defuse tensions this weekend. Photograph: PA Wire

There will be extensive security in north Belfast as 500 Orangemen and three bands prepare to march tomorrow afternoon to the scene of fierce rioting (...)

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly leads a delegation to meet the Parades Commission at their offices at Bedford Street Belfasttoday (June 18th)
. Gerry Kelly pictured speaking after his meeting with the Parades Commission.

GERRY MORIARTYNorthern EditorThere was renewed tension in Belfast last night after the Orange Order said it would press ahead with a parade tomorrow t(...)

Richard Haass (centre) with Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (right) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness during a press conference at Stormont Castle in Belfast yesterday.  Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

An agreement that has the “broad buy-in” of the politicians and people of Northern Ireland is essential to tackle parades and other sensitive issues,(...)

Willie Frazer, who was involved in leading the loyalist flags protests earlier this year, was arrested by the PSNI yesterday in east Belfast. Photograph: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire

As the PSNI maintained a heavy presence in flashpoint areas of the North last night, Willie Frazer, who was prominent in the loyalist flags dispute e(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Orange Order should engage with the new all-party Assembly committee chaired by former US envoy to Northern Ireland Richard Haass to try to find a(...)

Assistant chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Will Kerr pictured at Monday’s press conference. Photograph: Pacemaker

Belfast suffered a fourth night of violence last night with blast bomb attacks in the north and east of the city. Several hundred protesting loyalis(...)

PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott. Picture:  Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott has described the actions of some Orange Order leaders as “reckless” after a Twelfth of July weekend that resulted i(...)

 A loyalist bonfire on the outskirts of Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

After the Eleventh Night bonfires of last night and ahead of protests and a possible north Belfast standoff tonight, Northern Ireland is once again an(...)

Orangewomen walk past the Ardoyne shops in Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Concern is mounting about how the contentious Twelfth of July parades will unfold after the Parades Commission banned Orangemen from returning past(...)

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