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Thursday 18 December 2014

Orange Order calls for equality over Drumcree stand-off

© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye
Drumcree Parade, Portadown.
Portadown District Orange officer David Jones addresses PSNI Inspector Phil Shepherd at the police line
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Drumcree Parade, Portadown. Portadown District Orange officer David Jones addresses PSNI Inspector Phil Shepherd at the police line
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-07-2013: Orangemen gather to protest once again at Drumcree church. The traditional parade was prevented from proceeding down the Garvaghy Road in Portadown. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-07-2013: Orangemen gather to protest once again at Drumcree church. The traditional parade was prevented from proceeding down the Garvaghy Road in Portadown. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-07-2013: Orangemen gather to protest once again at Drumcree church. The traditional parade was prevented from proceeding down the Garvaghy Road in Portadown. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-07-2013: Orangemen gather to protest once again at Drumcree church. The traditional parade was prevented from proceeding down the Garvaghy Road in Portadown. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-07-2013: Orangemen gather to protest once again at Drumcree church. The traditional parade was prevented from proceeding down the Garvaghy Road in Portadown. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-07-2013: Orangemen gather to protest once again at Drumcree church. The traditional parade was prevented from proceeding down the Garvaghy Road in Portadown. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-07-2013: Orangemen gather to protest once again at Drumcree church. The traditional parade was prevented from proceeding down the Garvaghy Road in Portadown. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-07-2013: Orangemen gather to protest once again at Drumcree church. The traditional parade was prevented from proceeding down the Garvaghy Road in Portadown. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Drumcree Parade, Portadown. The head of the parade approaches the Police line at the bottom of Drumcree Hill.
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Drumcree Parade, Portadown. The scene at the bottom of Drumcree Hill on Sunday afternoon following the annual Drumcree Parade
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Drumcree Parade, Portadown.
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Drumcree Parade, Portadown. Portadown Orange District Officers protest at the Police line at the bottom of Drumcree Hill.
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Drumcree Parade, Portadown. The ripped up remains of the Parades Commission Determination
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Drumcree Parade, Portadown. Orange Bretheren take part in a prayer at the Police lines.
RUC: Police officers at the 12th parades at Portadown 1985.
Portadown March at Drumcree bridge July 2002 Portadown District Orangemen parade down to the barrier at Drumcree before trouble flared
Drumcree, Northern Ireland. A makeshift road block on main road into Portadown town centre
An injured woman is led away, Drumcree July 1997
A petrol bomber on the Garvaghy Road
Orangemen go no further as they reach the barrier at Drumcreee preventing them from marching on the Garvaghy Rd.
Tempers flare as Orangemen are blocked from walking the Garvaghy Rd, Drumcree, July 2000
Orangemen at Drumcree
Drumcree July 2000
Drumcree - July 6th 2002. Soldiers erect a security fence at Drumcree Church in Portadown.
PSNI riot team firing plastic bullets
Drumcree Orange Parade At Portadown July 1998. Portadown Grand Master Harold Gracey gives a speech to the crowds outside Drumcree Church of Ireland.
Orange Order: Drumcree, Portadown
GARVAGHY RD JULY 1996. POLICE OFFICERS REMOVE PROTESTING NATIONALISTS FROM GARVAGHY RD.
GARVAGHY RD JULY 1996. POLICE OFFICERS REMOVE PROTESTING NATIONALISTS FROM GARVAGHY RD.
DAVID TRIMBLE MAKES HIS WAY TO GREET THE PORTADOWN ORANGEMEN AFTER THEY MARCHED DOWN GARVAGHY RD 1996.
4/7/03 Garvaghy road residents spokesman Brendan MacCoinnaith pictured in Portadown.
Drumcree Orange Order Demonstration Scarfs drapped around the Road Sign of Drumcree near Portadown
Nationalist protesters walk to Garvaghy Road July 1997. Residents Coalition in Drumcree Portadown to voice their anger at Loyalist Parades through their area
Nationalist Protest March At Garvaghy Road March 1998. Brid Rodgers and Brendan McKenna in attendance at Garvaghy Road demonstration, Portadown
Nationalist Protest March At Garvaghy Road March 1998. Security Forces kept a Loyalist counter demonstration at a safe distance from Nationalist marchers near Oben Street, Portadown
Nationalist Protest March At Garvaghy Road March 1998. A young Loyalist waves the Union Jack at Royal Ulster Constabulary police in riot gear, from the Loyalist side of the town of Portadown, Northern Ireland, as a nationalist-republican protest march, passed by peacefully down the Nationalist Garvaghy road.
STAND-OFF BETWEEN PSNI AND ORANGEMEN.
Disturbances On Garvaghy Road Portadown May 1998. Rioters hurl stones at RUC riot police on the Garvaghy Road, Portadown, Northern Ireland, during disturbances following an Orange parade in the area.
An RUC officer fires plastic bullets at rioting nationalists on the Garvaghy Road
Garvaghy Road Residents Meet With David Trimble May 99. Brendan McKenna arrives at Craigavon Civic Centre to meet the First Minister David Trimble in an effort to solve the Drumcree stand off.
RIR Support The Orangemen At Drumcree January 2000. Members of the Royal Irish Regiment with a flag supporting Orangemen in Drumcree.
Army Prepare For Drumcree July 2001
© Presseye Press Eye Ltd 7th July 2013. Mandatory Credit : Photo by Presseye Drumcree Parade, Portadown. A young Orangeman pictured at the Police lines on Drumcree Hill on Sunday.

Portadown Orangemen — banned again from their return Drumcree march via the Garvaghy Road yesterday — called for “equality” as hopes grow for a solution to the Ardoyne parades dispute.

District Master Darryl Hewitt told the crowd at the barrier that positive moves had been made between the Order and the local residents in north Belfast, where face-to-face talks are on the agenda.

“But here in Portadown, the Garvaghy Road Residents Coalition (GRRC) is refusing to talk to us to try and resolve the issue,” he added.

“The Parades Commission is doing absolutely nothing to set up talks and frustrating us all along the line.”

District secretary David Jones was so angry that he ripped up the written determination issued by the commission and threw in on to the ground.

Around 300 Orangemen took part in the outward parade, and after the service in Drumcree, they protested at police lines. Joe Duffy, chairman of the GRRC said that face-to-face talks simply would not happen, “with the Parades Commission having ruled against it, and we aren't about to negotiate away a position with which we agree”.

He added: “A return via the Garvaghy Road simply won't happen. The issue is settled.”

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