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Revealed: Warring sides in secret talks to resolve Ardoyne parade dispute

By Deborah McAleese

Published 04/03/2016

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015
Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Police clash with bystanders after a car is driven into a crowd outside Ardoyne shops, trapping a girl underneath the car in north Belfast, Northern Ireland on July 13, 2015. The driver of the car was arrested as tensions run high in the area with Orangemen banned from marching past the Ardoyne shops. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: Loyalists break through a police barrier as they are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: A Loyalist breaks through a police barrier and throws a set of step ladders at police officers as Orangemen are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: A Loyalist breaks through a police barrier and taunts police officers as Orangemen are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: Loyalists break through a police barrier as they are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 13: Nationalists jostle with police officers after an alleged loyalist car drove over a young girl trapping her underneath as it reveresed at high speed on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A loyalist dances on top of PSNI land droves after they broke through the barriers which had be put in place. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists at barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists at barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Residents board up their houses after loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. Loyalists break down barriers put down by the PSNI on Woodvale Road and throw missiles at the police. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade DUB Councillor Brian Kinston tries to restore order as police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Trouble flares on Woodvale Road as a north Belfast Orange Order feeder parade is stopped from continuing their parade past the Ardoyne shops. The Parades Commission put the restriction on the parade a number of years ago. A young girl lies injured on the ground after a car drove into the crowd in front of the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. PSNI officers had to tip the car to get to her. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Loyalist bandsmen and their supporters clash with PSNI riot police at the top of the Woodvale Road this evening. Bottles and bricks have been thrown at police lines when marchers were prevented from returning along the Ardoyne/Crumlin road this evening.
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Orange Order members by barricades ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Protestors gather ahead of a parade on Woodvale Road, north Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Woodvale Parade Pictured is police riot officers dealing with violence at the Orange order parade as it reaches its stopping point on the Woodvale road in North Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Heavy police presence in north Belfast ahead of return parade Pic Deborah McAleese @DeborahMcAleese
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Nationalist protest and heavy police presence at the Ardoyne Shops on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast as an Orange Order feeder parade makes its way to the City Centre for the main 12th of July parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Nelson McCausland at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a police office asleep in the back of a jeep at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott /Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Nigel Dodds at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester sheltering from the rain at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Police officers escorting members of the Ardoyne community to Brompton park at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester lying on his back at police lines at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly speaks to the media as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly speaks to the media as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast Members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Orange parade at Ardoyne, North Belfast PSNI officers on duty as members of the Orange Order and marchers parade along the Crumlin Road at Ardoyne shops in North Belfast as protestors and members of Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) protest against the parade. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is a protester lying on his back at police lines at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Ardoyne Parade Outward Pictured is Twaddell residents at the Orange order parade and its associated protests as it makes its way past the flashpoint of the Ardoyne Shopfront in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.

Top-secret talks are being held between leading loyalists and republicans in north Belfast in a bid to solve the Ardoyne parading dispute.

Parades negotiator Jim Roddy, who was at the forefront of successful negotiations over the Apprentice Boys parade in Londonderry, has been brought in to try and help the warring parties reach an agreement ahead of the marching season, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.

It is understood that leading loyalists have put forward an offer to demolish the controversial Twaddell protest camp, if republicans agree to a short, early morning Orange march past Ardoyne before the main parading season kicks off.

As part of the deal there would be no application for another return parade on the Twelfth.

According to a source close to the dispute, unofficial talks have been ongoing between senior loyalists and republicans in the area, including the PUP's Winkie Irvine and Joe Marley of the Crumlin Ardoyne Residents' Association (CARA).

It is understood that Sinn Fein members have also been actively pushing CARA towards reaching an agreement with the loyalist community.

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has also been involved in unofficial talks with both parties.

However, all parties are desperate to keep revelations of their unofficial negotiations quiet ahead of the elections for fear it could hurt their votes.

The Orange Order leadership does not want to be seen to back down and the Greater Ardoyne Residents' Collective (GARC) are completely opposed to making any deals with loyalists.

A senior source close to the dispute said there is only a "small window of opportunity" for the matters to be resolved after the elections and before it is placed in the hands of the Parades Commission.

It has cost more than £18m to police the Twaddell Avenue protest camp which was set up in 2013 after Orangemen were banned by the Parades Commission from marching past the Ardoyne on their way home from that year's Twelfth of July celebrations.

Violence flared following the boycott and dozens of police officers were injured.

Protesters have maintained a presence at the interface ever since.

The small Twaddell camp consists of just a caravan, a portacabin and some toilets - but sporadic violence at the site means there has been a police presence there over the past two and a half years.

According to the source the Twaddell protesters want to get rid of the camp.

"It has become an embarrassment, an albatross, they want out of it but they don't want to lose face. The stumbling block for them is the Orange Order, who do not want to be seen to give anything away," the source said. "CARA would be quite happy to leave things as they are, but there is a real push from Sinn Fein, especially Gerry Kelly, to get this resolved, so both sides are trying to resolve it."

According to the source, both the PUP and Sinn Fein are concerned about giving away political ground before the elections, which is why the discussions are being kept top-secret.

"There won't be any way forward until after the elections. Everything being done until after the elections is unofficial and completely off the record.

"There is a small window after the elections to make a decision on how this is resolved," the source said.

He explained: "A number of options are under discussion by all parties.

"One option out there is to let them return in the morning, some day prior to the Twelfth and that is it over and done with."

The source added: "Will they get this deal through? Possibly. It will need leadership from both sides. There are people who want this to work, but there are also people who don't want it to work and would be quite happy for the status quo to remain.

"There is an opportunity to resolve this in the next couple of months. If that window of opportunity isn't taken then it will be straight back to the Parades Commission."

Central to the north Belfast negotiations is Jim Roddy, Derry's city centre manager. Mr Roddy helped to successfully negotiate between the two communities over parading in Derry.

The work has seen the city held up as a shining example of what can be achieved, with parades now mostly trouble-free.

"Jim Roddy is a key player in trying to resolve this," revealed the source.

"There is a lot of admiration for him from both communities. He is talking to the Secretary of State and both sides to use his influence to help bring about what has happened in Derry/Londonderry."

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