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Twelfth powder keg: Northern Ireland politicians under fire for stoking tensions

By Noel McAdam

Published 12/07/2012

First Minister Peter Robinson
First Minister Peter Robinson
A PSNI water-cannon puts out a fire on the roof of a pub during last night's disturbances in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast July 2010
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly arrives at a rally in Ardoyne to highlight opposition to those who have been rioting in the area in recent nights July 2010
Ardoyne resident Eddie Copeland speaking with police last night - Ardoyne residents gather to protest about the recent rioting in the area July 2010
Angry confrontation between Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly (left) and masked youths at Ardoyne shops on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Angry confrontation between a local woman and masked youths at Ardoyne shops on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Masked youths set fire to a Union flag and a loyalist UVF flag at Brompton Park in Ardoyne on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Angry confrontation between Sinn Fein's Bobby Storey and a masked youth at Ardoyne shops in north Belfast on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Masked youths with an Irish tricolour flag at Brompton Park in Ardoyne on a fourth consecutive night of rioting in the area July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
A young boy stands with his face covered by a hoodiie in front of a burning hijacked car as police come under petrol bomb attack in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast July 2010
Police come under petrol bomb attack during rioting in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast
Police come under petrol bomb attack during rioting in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast
Rioters shine a green laser light to try to blind police officers during disturbances in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast
Police come under petrol bomb attack during rioting in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2010. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Belfast.The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm.
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Police in Belfast's North Queen Street last night after further trouble in the area
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Police in Belfast's North Queen Street last night after further trouble in the area
The clean-up operation begins yesterday after rioting in the Ardoyne area on the Twelfth
The clean-up operation begins yesterday after rioting in the Ardoyne area on the Twelfth
Police clash with protesters in the Ardoyne Road area of north Belfast
Police clash with protesters in the Ardoyne Road area of north Belfast
A stolen car explodes as police clash with protesters in the Ardoyne Road area of north Belfast
PSNI footage of rioters attacking police in Ardoyne, North Belfast on the 12th of July
PSNI footage of rioters attacking police in Ardoyne, North Belfast on the 12th of July
Riot aftermath in Ardoyne, North Belfast yesterday
Riot aftermath in Ardoyne, North Belfast yesterday
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Trouble in Ardoyne following the Orange Order parade in the area
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Disturbances at Belfast's Ardoyne interface. July 12, 210
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
A plastic bullet is fired (right side of the photo) as police clash with youths before a loyalist band parade passes the Ardoyne shops
The scene at the Ardoyne interface as the Orange Order march through the area
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
A police officer is brought to hosiptal after being injured during rioting at ARdoyne in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange parade passes through the flashpoint area
Nationalist youths stage a rooftop protest as an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in North Belfast
Police accompany the parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Police accompany the Orange Order parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Police accompany the Orange Order parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
A police officer is injured after she was struck by a concrete block pushed from the roof of a building as youths clashed with riot police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
A police officer is injured after she was struck by a concrete block pushed from the roof of a building as youths clashed with riot police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
A police officer is injured after she was struck by a concrete block pushed from the roof of a building as youths clashed with riot police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before a loyalist band parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with riot police before a loyalist band parade passes the Ardoyne shops
Police have fired a number of baton rounds after being attacked with petrol bombs by rioters in north Belfast
A PSNI landrover is attacked in Ardoyne, north Belfast
Police and nationalist protesters after an Orange Order march in north Belfast
Annual 12th July Orange Order parades take place across Northern Ireland to mark The Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Local residents at Ardoyne in north Belfast hold a peaceful protest as local lodges make their way past the Ardoyne shops to the main parade. The feeder parade makes it's way down the Crumlin Road and past the Ardoyne shops with nationalist residents holding a protest.
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd, LOL 59
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Dublin Rd
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Bedford Street,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Bedford Street,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Bedford Street, LOL1922
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Royal Av, LOL1922
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along Royal Av past City Hall
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd, LOL 821
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd,
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd, LOL1189
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way along the Lisburn Rd, LOL1064
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way towards the Lisburn Rd, LOL 128
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way towards the Lisburn Rd, Womans LOL
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way towards the Lisburn Rd, LOL 128
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way towards the Lisburn Rd, District No 5
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way towards the Lisburn Rd, LOL 275
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12th of July Celebrations in Belfast city centre. Members of various Orange Orders marched yesterday for the 2011 celebrations
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
Drummers make their way along the Newry Street Banbridge before going to Rathfriland for the main Parade. Photo Paul BYrne
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way Royal Av
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The County Grand Lodge Colour Party lead of the parade
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade makes its way Royal Av , LOL39
12/7/11 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.The parade takes a rest on the Dublin Rd
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July. The Pink Lady Brigade
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDTourism voxpop at the 12th of July celebrations in Belfast City Centre. Sydney Spence from South Australia
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDTourism voxpop at the 12th of July celebrations in Belfast City Centre. Torsten Linde pictured with his wife
©Mark Pearce 7th July 2011 Ulster - Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Bessbrook District Lodges parade through the strreets of Bessbrook before heading to Co Armagh 12th celebration in Killylea.Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce/
©Mark Pearce 7th July 2011 Ulster - Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Bessbrook District Lodges parade through the strreets of Bessbrook before heading to Co Armagh 12th celebration in Killylea.Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce/
Gemma McCullough and Andreena McCurdy enjoy the sunshine during the North Antrim parade in Ballycastle. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
Drummer Jamie Cooke enjoys the North Antrim parade in Ballycastle. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
Keeping an eye on the happenings at Ballycastle 12th celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
A young orangeman on parade in Ballycastle on Tuesday as the North Antrim celebrations continue. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
Dressed for the occasion at the North Antrim 12th celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
John Finlay steps out during the North Antrim 12th of July celebrations in Ballycastle Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
A helping hand during the 12th celebration sin Ballycastle. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
12.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July Celebrations in Belfast City Centre yesterday. Members of various Orange Orders marched through the City Centre yesterday for the 12th of July.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Nationalist protestors.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
©Mark Pearce 7th July 2011 Ulster - Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Newry co Down District No: 7 12th July Celebrations SOuth Down DefendersMandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce/
©Mark Pearce 7th July 2011 Ulster - Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Newry co Down District No: 7 12th July Celebrations Little drummer boy, Commons Silver BandMandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce/
©Mark Pearce 7th July 2011 Ulster - Northern Ireland _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/Newry Co Down LOL No 943 before they head to the main celebration in Rathfriland . Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce/
Boyne Star LOL 16 on the march during the Twelfth through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
In flull flow, a flautist from Armadale Flute Band, Scotland plays a merry tune as he parades the Twelfth through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
Lauren Murphy, Megan Boucher and Emma McGraw enjoy the summer sunshine at the County Londonderry Twelfth celebration in Limavady on tuesday. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.7.11
The New Stevenson band from Scotland leads Ballykelly LoL No. 699 through Limavady on tuesday. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.7.11
Sarah Clarence, Hollie O'Kane and Jasmine O'Kane welcome marchers to the annual County Londonderry Twelfth of July celebrations in their home town, Limavady on tuesday. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.7.11
Orangemen on parade during the County Londonderry 12th of July celebration in Limavady on tuesday. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.7.11
The Grand Lodge of Ireland banner leads the way during the County Londonderry Twelfth of July celebration in Limavady on tuesday. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.7.11
Blery Loyal Sons of William pass under the Queen Street arch during the Twelfth parade through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
The Belfast parade makes its way along Royal Avenue.
In the shade at ILOL's parade in Ballymoney is Kerry Warke of Ballymoney Shining Star.
Eating out in the warm sunshine at Ballymoney ILOL parade in Ballymoney are these members of Mosside Flute Band.
Enjoying an ice cream and a chat at The Independent parade in Ballymoney are Hugh Glass of No ILOL 48, and Joe Johnston of ILOL No 30.
This young boy falls asleep in the warm sunshine at The Independents parade in Ballymoney.
Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast. The County Grand Lodge Colour Party lead of the parade
Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast.
Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast. Nelson McCausland MLA
Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast. The County Grand Lodge Colour Party lead of the parade
Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast. The County Grand Lodge Colour Party lead of the parade
Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades as they make their way to the field at Shaws Bridge, Belfast. The County Grand Lodge Colour Party lead of the parade
Lauren Murphy, Megan Boucher and Emma McGraw enjoy the summer sunshine at the County Londonderry Twelfth celebration in Limavady
A young boy takes his duties with Ardinariff Flute Band seriously in Limavdy
99 years old Sam King who took part in the County Londonderry 12th of July celebration in Limavady
Jacqui Swann, secretary of the Daughters of Ulster Ladies Lodge on parade in Limavdy
The New Stevenson band from Scotland leads Ballykelly LoL No. 699 through Limavady
Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson on parade in Limavady on tuesday which hosted the main Twelfth of July County Londonderry Parade.
Sarah Clarence, Hollie O'Kane and Jasmine O'Kane welcome marchers to the annual County Londonderry Twelfth of July celebrations in their home town, Limavady on tuesday.
Orangemen on parade during the County Londonderry 12th of July celebration in Limavady
A band member throws his baton skywards as orangemen make their way along Donegal Street as part of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
Band members pose for cameramen as orangemen make their way along Donegal Street as part of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
A local woman in her dressing gown and pyjamas looks on as Orangemen gather at Carlise Circus, the starting point of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
Two Orangemen grab a bite to eat from a fast food stall as they gather at Carlise Circus, the starting point of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
A band member poses for cameramen as orangemen gather at Carlise Circus, the starting point of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
A member of Sons of Kai, Rathcoole at Carlise Circus, the starting point of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
Orangemen gather at Carlise Circus, the starting point of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
Orangemen gather at Carlise Circus, the starting point of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
Orangemen gather at Carlise Circus, the starting point of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
A band member balances his baton on his nose as orangemen make their way along Donegal Street as part of the annual Belfast 12th of July Orange march, the largest demonstration in the province.
Bessbrook District Lodges parade through the strreets of Bessbrook before heading to Co Armagh 12th celebration in Killylea. 12 July 2011
Remembrance service at Kingsmills Memorial, Bessbrook. 12 July 2011
Remembrance service at Kingsmills Memorial, Bessbrook. 12 July 2011
Remembrance service at Kingsmills Memorial, Bessbrook. 12 July 2011
Remembrance service at Kingsmills Memorial, Bessbrook. 12 July 2011
Bessbrook District Lodges parade through the strreets of Bessbrook before heading to Co Armagh 12th celebration in Killylea. 12 July 2011
Bessbrook District L.O.L. No 11held a remembrance service at the Killsmill Memorial, Bessbrook where Mrs Jean Lemmon is pictured laying a wreath. 12 July 2011
Bessbrook True Blues parade through the strreets of Bessbrook before heading to Co Armagh 12th celebration in Killylea. 12 July 2011
Bessbrook District Lodges parade through the streets of Bessbrook before heading to Co Armagh 12th celebration in Killylea. 12 July 2011
Remembrance service at Kingsmills Memorial, Bessbrook. 12 July 2011
South Down Defenders parade through the streets of Newry City. 12 July 2011
Altnaveigh Memorial Pipe Band parade through the streets of Newry City. 12 July 2011
Altnaveigh Memorial Pipe Band parade through the streets of Newry City. 12 July 2011
LOL No 943 before they head to the main celebration in Rathfriland. 12 July 2011
Father and Son Bowled over. 12 July 2011
12th July celebrations, Newry.
David Hanna of the Altnaveigh Pipe Band. 12th July 2011
Little drummer boy, Commons Silver Band. 12 July 2011
LOL 225, Newry City parade. 12 July 2011
South Down Defenders, Newry City parade. 12th July 2011
South Down Defenders, Newry City parade. 12th July 2011
Lurgan District Officers lead the Twelfth parade through the town. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
Ballydougan LOL 120 pass under the Queen Street arch during the Twelfth parade through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
Boyne Star LOL 16 on the march during the Twelfth through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
Making sure that the orange lillies were tightly secured on their car were, Boyne Star LOL 16 members David Johnston (left) and Harry Collins who was parading the Twelfth through Lurgan for his 59th year in succession!. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
In flull flow, a flautist from Armadale Flute Band, Scotland plays a merry tune as he parades the Twelfth through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
Colin McCusker beats out a steady rhythm as his brother James listens in while tuning the Lambeg drum before the Twelfth parade through Lurgan. The brothers are both members of Boconnell LOL 123. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
Worshipful District Master David Martin (left) presents Derek McBride of Lurgan Purple Star LOL 63 with his fifty year jewel before the Twelfth parade through Lurgan. Picture By Rick Hewitt. 12/7/11.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Nationalist protestors confront police.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Orange Order feeder parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast. Nationalist residents staged a protest in response to the parade which was heading to join the main Belfast 12th July Orange Order demonstration.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Nationalist protestors confront police.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part Marchers walk past Nationalist protestors.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part Marchers walk past Nationalist protestors.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their was into Belfast to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their was into Belfast to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their was into Belfast to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their was into Belfast to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their into Belfast via the Ardyone to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their was into Belfast to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Nationalist protestors.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Nationalist protestors watch a flute band march pastPicture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Loyalists carry a banner past Nationalist protestors.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Nationalist protestors.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 12th July 2011 - Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pass Nationalist Protestors at a contentious flashpoint in Ardoyne, north Belfast as part of the annual 12th July parades across Northern Ireland.Nationalist protestors confront police.Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comPresseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2011.Orangemen along with bandsman make their was into Belfast to join up with other bands and marchers for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations.
Rioting at Broadway in West Belfast, July 11 2011
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July celebrations kick off in Whitehead where people enjoy the bonfire
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD12th of July celebrations kick off in Whitehead where people enjoy the bonfire
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDRiots kick off at Broadway in West Belfast as the Police had a perimeter to hold off youths who burnt a car and threw bricks and bottles at the Police
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDRiots kick off at Broadway in West Belfast as the Police had a perimeter to hold off youths who burnt a car and threw bricks and bottles at the Police
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDRiots kick off at Broadway in West Belfast as the Police had a perimeter to hold off youths who burnt a car and threw bricks and bottles at the Police
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDRiots kick off at Broadway in West Belfast as the Police had a perimeter to hold off youths who burnt a car and threw bricks and bottles at the Police
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDRiots kick off at Broadway in West Belfast as the Police had a perimeter to hold off youths who burnt a car and threw bricks and bottles at the Police
11.07.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDRiots kick off at Broadway in West Belfast as the Police had a perimeter to hold off youths who burnt a car and threw bricks and bottles at the Police
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Overnight trouble in Ballyclare between loyalist rioters and the PSNI. The trouble started late on Saturday night and continued into Sunday morning with a number of vehicles being highjacked and burnt out. Burnt out cars pictured in the Grange Estate off the Doagh Road where most of the trouble occurred.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Annual Drumcree Orange Order parade in Portadown. The parade is stopped outside Drumcree Church from going down the mainly nationalist Garvaghy Road. The parade makes its way to the barrier.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Overnight trouble in Ballyclare between loyalist rioters and the PSNI. The trouble started late on Saturday night and continued into Sunday morning with a number of vehicles being highjacked and burnt out. Local residents picturted in the Grange Estate off the Doagh Road where most of the trouble occurred.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Overnight trouble in Ballyclare between loyalist rioters and the PSNI. The trouble started late on Saturday night and continued into Sunday morning with a number of vehicles being highjacked and burnt out. Burnt out cars pictured in the Grange Estate off the Doagh Road where most of the trouble occurred.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Overnight trouble in Ballyclare between loyalist rioters and the PSNI. The trouble started late on Saturday night and continued into Sunday morning with a number of vehicles being highjacked and burnt out. A paramilitary flag pictured in the Grange Estate off the Doagh Road where most of the trouble occurred.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Annual Drumcree Orange Order parade in Portadown. The parade is stopped outside Drumcree Church from going down the mainly nationalist Garvaghy Road. Orange men pictured at the barrier with Drumcree Church in the background.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Annual Drumcree Orange Order parade in Portadown. The parade is stopped outside Drumcree Church from going down the mainly nationalist Garvaghy Road. Orange men pictured at the barrier with Drumcree Church in the background.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Annual Drumcree Orange Order parade in Portadown. The parade is stopped outside Drumcree Church from going down the mainly nationalist Garvaghy Road. The parade makes its way to the barrier.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 10th July 2011 - Picture by Jonathan Porter/ PressEye.com - Annual Drumcree Orange Order parade in Portadown. The parade is stopped outside Drumcree Church from going down the mainly nationalist Garvaghy Road. Orange men hand over a letter of protest to the police at the barrier outside the church.

The DUP and Sinn Fein have been accused of stoking up tensions ahead of today’s annual Twelfth Orange Order parades and risking a return to the violence and confrontation of past years.

As fears grow of potential trouble at flashpoints, including the Ardoyne parade in north Belfast, the main two Stormont parties were urged to demonstrate leadership and avoid inflammatory language.

Community Relations Council (CRC) chair Tony McCusker warned that politicians need to challenge any refusal to sort out parade disputes “if we are to avoid the mayhem which threatens to drag us back to the past”.

Parades Commission chairman Peter Osborne said political and other leaders “should be mindful of their responsibilities and the influence for good they can have within their local communities’’.

And the Alliance party accused SF and the DUP of “playing politics” with community tensions and attempting to show their respective supporters “who is boss”.

The condemnation came after DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds argued the Commission had “greatly increased the prospects of violence on the streets” with its 4pm return parade ruling on Ardoyne.

The North Belfast MP said a “disastrous and totally ill-conceived” determination by the Commission had given the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) priority over the Orange lodges.

He said he was continuing to press Secretary of State Owen Paterson to get the decision overturned.

He added: “I have reiterated that the commission is part of the problem rather than the solution to parades. We negotiated an alternative framework to handle parades and decisions such as this vindicate our determination to scrap this discredited body.”

Slamming recent Commission decisions as “bizarre”, First Minister Peter Robinson also cited Commission “diktats” on displaying the Union flag and playing of Christian hymns.

Former Sinn Fein Junior Minister Gerry Kelly said the Commission should have re-routed the afternoon return parade at Ardoyne rather than having an earlier deadline.

“What we wanted to do was take the tension out of this,” the North Belfast MLA added.

While referring to the July 12 Crumlin parade — where only the Glenavy district is permitted to make the return march — Sinn Fein's Mitchel McLaughlin said: “It is 14 years of missed opportunity to engage on a neighbour-to-neighbour basis. The Orange Order have to take responsibility for that.”

Mr McCusker said much work had been done over recent years to avoid a return to the violent confrontation and destruction “which so damaged local communities at this time of year in the past’’.

He said while the symbolic, public gestures of reconciliation of recent months were important, “what is needed now, however, is a clear commitment by our political and civic leaders to translate these gestures into practical and positive change on the ground. “The continuing absence of a meaningful good relations strategy at the heart of government makes it difficult to energise and drive forward local initiatives and to create local conditions conducive to dialogue.’’

“Those who refuse to engage constructively with others on issues of parades and flags need to be challenged by political and civic leaders if we are to avoid the mayhem which threatens to drag us back to the past.”

Mr McCusker said the violence which had left deep scars in local communities above all “undermines the economic future of people across Northern Ireland”.

“It is vitally important that we build a new culture of real tolerance and openness, in which the celebrations of some are not interpreted as the triumphalism over others and in which tolerance and generosity are the dominant themes,” he said.

Alliance Party MLA Stewart Dickson accused both the DUP and Sinn Fein of “very very sadly” playing politics with the tensions of the Twelfth.

“I very much hope we will not see any trouble on the Twelfth but respective statements from DUP and Sinn Fein over the last few days have not been helpful.

“These people are just playing to their own audiences. It is all about showing ‘we are in charge here’ and showing who is the boss,” he said.

“They call for the abolition of the Parades Commission and conveniently forget all the work that has gone on in the background to attempt to resolve issues.

“And they don’t seem to realise that if they axe the Parades Commission they have to replace it with something.”

Robin Wilson, of the campaign group Platform for Change, which led the charge against the initial Cohesion, Sharing and Integration proposals, also challenged politicians to “recognise their responsibilities to promote the interests of the whole community and uphold the rule of law in the run-up to the Twelfth.”

He said: “Elected representatives are obliged to avoid even the suggestion that impartial action by public authorities like the Parades Commission will bring violence in its wake, lest they legitimise or even condone it.”

Forum rejects ‘impossible’ Ardoyne deadline and plans to bring its challenge to the High Court

By Noel McAdam

A controversial Parades Commission decision on the contentious July 12 Ardoyne march is headed for the courts.

The North and West Belfast Parades Forum is mounting a legal challenge to the Commission ruling that lodges should make their return march tomorrow by 4pm, three hours earlier than usual.

The move towards lodging papers for a High Court judicial review came after the Commission rejected a call from the loyalist body for a re-think of its 4pm deadline. Forum spokesman Winston Irvine said: “We think they've set the Orange Order an impossible task and you can't ask people for the impossible.

“The commission have set the bar so high here and they are trying to set the Order up for failure. Under no circumstances or at any time did the forum indicate a 4pm deadline to the Commission was acceptable. We actually warned them not to do it.”

A spokesman for the Order said it was impossible for the Ardoyne lodges to take part in the main morning parade, which does not reach the ‘field’ in south Belfast until after lunchtime, and leave in time to complete their return parade for 4pm. Lodges and bands do not normally begin to leave until ‘resolutions’ are passed at the platform rally which is not due to begin at Barnett Demesne until 3pm.

The Commission is also considering a request from the Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC) to move its planned protest counter-parade to an earlier time tomorrow while the Twaddell Woodvale Concerned Residents have applied for permission to protest against the GARC counter-parade.

Sinn Fein had urged the Commission to re-route the afternoon Orange Order parade but also called into question GARC’s plans for a protest demonstration.

North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly admitted: “We're in a worse situation than we were last year.

“The Parades Commission couldn't really have made a worse decision. Instead of dealing with a decreasing number of parades, they're now spiralling upwards.”

Meanwhile, the DUP said a Commission determination on Crumlin would mean PSNI resources would have to be employed where only traffic patrols had been needed before.

‘It’s not men in sashes and bowlers I fear, it’s drunken hangers-on’

By Victoria O'Hara

The anxiety hangs thick in the air of Ardoyne.

And as the clock ticks down to the contentious July 12 parade, tensions are growing.

The ‘interface’ at the shopfronts has for years been a backdrop to ugly scenes of violence between loyalists, republicans and police.

Behind the normal background of people popping in for daily groceries or a newspaper, there is a palpable sense of dread that those ugly scenes will be repeated.

Nationalist residents say they are preparing to “batten down the hatches”.

Some are moving out for days. Those that are staying are moving cars and locking back gates.

Pensioners are even moving plant pots from their front gardens just in case they are used as missiles.

“I just can’t wait for it to be over,” said a woman leaving the butcher’s shop.

Another regular at the shops was 74-year-old Anne McGreevy, born and bred in Ardoyne.

The great-grandmother of one, who describes herself as a “moderate nationalist”, said people are nervous. “It is not the men walking with the bowler hat and sash causing the problems, it is the hangers-on and the drinking,’’ she said.

Artie McKeown (73) has lived in the Ardoyne area all his life.

“I saw the start of the Troubles, I know they have technically ended, but I would like to be alive to see them completely finished,’’ he said.

Asked what he thought about the current negotiation breakdown, he sighed and said: “At times I just think it will only take three minutes to walk down the road.

“I do think there are other more important things to be worried about in life — like your health and family.”

No more than a mile away in Glenbryn Parade Union flags line the streets.

Young boys are playing on top of a huge bonfire set to be lit tonight.

A few doors down a mum in her garden said: “I just want to bring my kids to see the parade without any violence — that shouldn’t happen.”

‘When everyone is gone we remain, and have to get on as a community’

By Anna Maguire

Opinion is split in Crumlin. But on the need for mediation, residents agree.

Around 5,000 Orangemen will pass through the Co Antrim village on their way to their demonstration today.

Only 500 members of Glenavy district lodge will be allowed on the return journey — following a decision by the Parades Commission.

The commission was responding to the objections of some residents, who are unhappy the order did not consult them about the parade, which is held in the village every 14 years.

Crumlin’s demography has changed in the last decade. The village is now predominantly nationalist — and some older residents blame the current impasse on their new neighbours.

“They are all strangers here now. It used to be a festival atmosphere,” Joy Gibb (79) said.

Local hairdresser Susan McDonnell agreed.

“I think there’s a lot of people who have moved in and sort of taken over.

“But I think only the local bands should be allowed (to return). That’s the way everybody feels. There are other routes the other lodges could take.”

She added: “Everyone needs to keep on talking.”

Michael (33), who has lived in the village for 10 years, objects to the scale of the parade.

“It’s not the local lodges that we object to. It’s the rest of them,” he said.

Tommy Ross, spokesman for Glenavy district Orange lodge, has said a peaceful parade through Crumlin on July 12 would do more good than harm for community relations.

But religious leaders in the village have called for caution.

James Livingstone, clerk of sessions at Crumlin Presbyterian Church, said: “One just has to look at how the community has changed,” he said.

“The order has to consider the welcome it will receive 14 years from now, if any.

“When everyone is gone we remain here and we have to get on as a community.”

Another resident added: “If there’s any trouble it will stay every year and it will become like Ardoyne. I don’t want Crumlin to be known for that.”

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