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Twaddell protest camp dismantled

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By Sophie Inge

In September permission was given for Orange Order lodges to march past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast - ending a long-running dispute.

It was granted after an historic deal between the Order and nationalists from the Crumlin Ardoyne Residents' Association (CARA).

The Parades Commission - a Government-appointed adjudication body - ruled Orangemen from three lodges could march along the contested stretch of Crumlin Road under strict conditions from 8.30am.

The deal ended a three-year stand-off and led to the dismantling of the loyalist protest camp at Twaddell Avenue set up in 2013. The three-year Twaddell protest has cost more than £22 million to police.

The accord between the Orange Order and CARA was struck after protracted negotiations.

They were mediated by cleric the Rev Harold Good and businessman Jim Roddy.

It allowed Orangemen and two bands to complete the outstanding leg of their 2013 Twelfth of July commemorations.

Deputy grand master of the Orange Order in Belfast, Spencer Beattie, said: "Today there is a sense of relief that our civil and religious liberties have been restored."

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