Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 April 2015

Residents call for respect over Belfast parade

A band plays music in contravention of the Parades Commission ruling as it passes by St Patrick’s Church in Donegall Street
A band plays music in contravention of the Parades Commission ruling as it passes by St Patrick’s Church in Donegall Street
Young Conway Volunteers flanked by supporters play outside St Patrick's Church Donegall Street
Young Conway Volunteers flanked by supporters play outside St Patrick's Church Donegall Street
A police officer is injured on the ground after trying to stop fightingoutside outside St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Belfast
A loyalist band marches past St Patrick's Church.
Police officers attempt to stop fighting between loyalist and nationalist groups outside outside St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Belfast (AP)
Northern Ireland- 25th August 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Royal Black Preceptory parade through Belfast City Centre. The annual parade, which was being held in the centre of Belfast for the first time, had restrictions placed upon it by the Parades Commission. No music was allowed to be played when passing St Patricks Church on Donegall street. Trouble flares during the parade at St Patrick's Church when nationalist residents clashed with loyalist supporters.
Trouble flares during the parade at St Patrick's Church
Nationalist residents holding a protest opposite St Patrick's Church
Young Conway Volunteers flanked by supporters pass St Patrick's Church Donegall Street.
A loyalist band marches past St Patrick's Church.
Trouble flares during the parade at St Patrick's Church
Shankill YCV flute band walks past St Patrick's Church
Trouble flares during the parade at St Patrick's Church
Royal Black Preceptory parade through Belfast City Centre
A police officer is injured as loyalists and nationalists clash outside St.Patricks Church Donegall Street
Young Conway Volunteers flanked by supporters pass St Patrick's Church Donegall Street.
Young Conway Volunteers flanked by supporters pass St Patrick's Church Donegall Street.
Young Conway Volunteers flanked by supporters play outside St Patrick's Church Donegall Street
Winston Irvine outside St.Patricks Church Donegall Street
Trouble flares during the parade at St Patrick's Church
Children pictured in the Shankill estate before the parade forms up
A police man announces the Parades Commission's restrictions as the parade goes past St Patrick's Church
Young Conway Volunteers flanked by supporters pass St Patrick's Church, Donegall Street

The disturbances that marred a loyalist parade in Belfast can never be allowed to happen again, a public meeting has heard.

Residents of the Carrick Hill estate near St Patrick’s church voiced serious concerns after bandsmen defied a ruling by the Parades Commission and played music as they passed the Catholic church in Donegall Street on Saturday.

More than 2,000 members of loyal orders and 100 bands are set to pass the church next month in a parade to mark the signing of the Ulster Covenant.

After last night’s meeting, Frank Dempsey from Carrick Hill Residents’ Association said loyalists should give the church the respect it deserves.

"I want to hear from the unionist politicians and loyal orders - give this community and this place of worship the respect they deserve. It's not a lot to ask," Mr Dempsey said.

"All we asked for from the very beginning was that the music was stopped at the Westlink, at the start of Carrickhill, and then recommenced at Union Street, and I think that way, everyone can get on with their lives."

Douglas Bain from the Parades Commission said: “I will take away to our colleagues a very strongly held view.”

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