Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Video: Orange Order parade passes flashpoint without incident

An Orange Order parade has passed by a route flashpoint outside a Catholic church in Belfast without incident.

A small group of bands returned on their home leg of the north Belfast parade past St Patrick's Church in Donegall Street this afternoon.

Residents from the nearby Carrick Hill and New Lodge areas stood silently in protest while the march passed by.

The peace and tranquility followed an incident in the area on June 21, when Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly was filmed being carried along on the front of a PSNI Land Rover.

It followed an earlier parade in the area which passed off without trouble.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Police Ombudsman.

Sinn Fein MLA Caral Ni Chuilin received hospital treatment for an arm injury sustained during the same incident which followed the annual Tour of the North parade in Belfast.

She joined nationalist residents outside St Patrick's Church today with her arm in a sling.

The Culture Minister said while Sunday afternoon's parade had passed off without incident there needed to be "further dialogue".

Meanwhile trouble was averted during a controversial Whiterock parade in west Belfast on Saturday.

There was a large police presence during the annual parade in which hundreds of band members took part in.

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