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Monday 22 December 2014

Commission to probe Covenant parade rules breach claims

Orangemen  march to Stormont estate  during  Saturday's Ulster Covenant centenary parade
Orangemen march to Stormont estate during Saturday's Ulster Covenant centenary parade
Orangemen march to Stormont estate during Saturday's Ulster Covenant centenary parade
Orangemen march to Stormont estate during Saturday's Ulster Covenant centenary parade
The 100th year anniversary march to commemorate the signing of the Ulster Covenant begins its route from Carlise Circus in Belfast to Stormont
Two female loyalists shout their approval as the 100th year anniversary march to commemorate the signing of the Ulster Covenant begins its route from Carlise Circus in Belfast to Stormont
PUP leader Billy Hutchinson pictured at City Hall
The 100th year anniversary march to commemorate the signing of the Ulster Covenant begins its route from Carlise Circus in Belfast to Stormont
The Ulster Covenant centenary parade makes its way up the Newtownards Road in east Belfast
A mock signing of the Ulster Covenant took place before the Commemorations at City Hall
Ulster Covenant centenary parade in Belfast
Ulster Covenant centenary parade in Belfast
Ulster Covenant centenary parade in Belfast
Ulster Covenant centenary parade passes St Patrick's Church in Belfast
Protesters pictured at Carrick Hill in north Belfast as the Ulster Covenant parade goes past
An Orange man pictured at the back of Carlisle Circus Orange Hall in north Belfast before the parade begins
The parade makes its way past Belfast City Hall
Members of the City Hall guard watch the parade
Members of the City Hall guard watch as the parade makes its way past
Thousands took part in commemorations in Belfast to mark 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
A mock signing took place before the commemorations at City Hall
Orange Order members march passed St Patrick's Church in Belfast, during a massive loyal order parade to mark the centenary of the signing of the pro-Union Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orange Order members march passed St Patrick's Church in Belfast, during a massive loyal order parade to mark the centenary of the signing of the pro-Union Ulster Covenant
Women dressed in the Union flag colours near Orange Hall in Clifton Street, Belfast, ahead of the start of a massive loyal order parade to mark the centenary of the signing of the pro-Union Ulster Covenant
Orange Order members march passed St Patrick's Church in Belfast, during a massive loyal order parade to mark the centenary of the signing of the pro-Union Ulster Covenant
Traditional dress parade in Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Traditional dress parade in Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Traditional dress parade in Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
The Ulster Covenant parade makes its way from Carlisle Circus down Clifton Street and past St Patrick's church where a small protest was held
The Ulster Covenant parade makes its way from Carlisle Circus down Clifton Street and past St Patrick's church where a small protest was held
The Ulster Covenant parade makes its way from Carlisle Circus down Clifton Street and past St Patrick's church where a small protest was held
The Ulster Covenant parade makes its way from Carlisle Circus down Clifton Street and past St Patricks church where a small protest was held
The Ulster Covenant parade makes its way from Carlisle Circus down Clifton Street and past St Patricks church where a small protest was held
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Sandy Row in south Belfast to marking the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Traditional dress parade through Sandy Row in south Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
PUP leader Billy Hutchinson and Rev Quirey at the War memorial in Sandy Row on Saturday morning
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
A loyalist band marches past St Patrick's Church.
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Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Malone Park. 29/9/1962
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Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Balmoral Showgrounds. 29/9/1962
The Ulster Covenant Jubilee Commemoration Committee meet in Unionist Headquarters, Belfast. Presiding was Mr John Bryans, chairman and Grand Master of the Belfast County Grand Orange Lodge. Beside him are Mr H Radcliffe (right) and Mr RJ McMullan, general secretary. 8/9/1962
A section of the crowd at Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Balmoral Showgrounds. 2/10/1962
Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations on Royal Avenue, Belfast. 29/9/1962
Sir Edward Carson puts the first signature on the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall in 1912
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ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.
Sir Edward Carson puts the first signature on the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall. 28/9/1912
Sir Edward Carson signing the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall. 28/9/1912
ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.The Ulster Volunteer force being addressed by Edward Carson
Ulster’s working landscape has changed massively a century on from the days of the Ulster Covenant signed by Edward Carson

The Parades Commission has warned it will take any breach of determinations by bands during Saturday’s march into account for future decisions.



Despite the huge parade marking the centenary of the Ulster Covenant passing off peacefully, claims have been made that some bands broke the rulings.

Around 2,000 Orangemen filed past St Patrick's Church on Donegall Street as part of a feeder parade from north Belfast.

The area around the church was subject to strict Parades Commission rulings after a loyalist band played a sectarian tune outside it during this year’s Twelfth celebrations.

The Commission had ordered bands to play only hymns from the Carrick Hill junction as far as Royal Avenue.

Up to 50 Land Rovers were stationed along the

flashpoint as the 20-minute march past the church passed off without incident.

Carrick Hill residents, however, claimed they heard The Sash being played before bands reached Royal Avenue.

It is understood The Sash was also heard being played near St Matthew's Church on the Newtownards Road.

Sinn Fein has now called on First Minister Peter Robinson to condemn bands who played tunes other

than hymns while passing the Catholic church.

Frank Dempsey (left), chair of the Carrick Hill Residents' Group, said the determination had been “smashed”.

“Some of the bands did stick by it, but a number of them bands broke that,” he said.

Father Michael Sheehan, parish priest at St Patrick's, said he did not hear The Sash being played.

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein's Niall O Donnghaile said the determination outside St Matthew’s had been breached: “Outside St Matthew's Church — I think it's fair to say most of the bands taking part — openly defied the Commission's determination.

“The PSNI must present the case to the Public Prosecution Service, who must pursue those who broke the law,” he added.

“The focus will no doubt now shift to the Parades Commission to indicate clearly that these continual breaches will not go unacknowledged in future.”

A Commission spokesman said: “Any breach of a determination is a matter for police investigation and those involved could be liable to prosecution. The Commission will take previous behaviour and any breaches into account in reaching future decisions.”

Police said any breaches would be passed to the PPS.

A PSNI spokesman said: “Police have an extensive evidence-gathering operation in place and any breaches of the Parades Commission determination will be investigated and reported accordingly.”

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