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Violent summer and Assembly in crisis will scare off investors, warns Secretary Northern Ireland Villiers

By Liam Clarke

Published 09/06/2015

Orangemen during a stand-off with police on Woodvale Road, Belfast, close to the Ardoyne, after their protest march was re-routed by the Parades Commission
Orangemen during a stand-off with police on Woodvale Road, Belfast, close to the Ardoyne, after their protest march was re-routed by the Parades Commission
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 A protest has been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 Mervyn Gibson attends a protest that has been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 A protest has been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 Billy Hutchinson speaks to the media during a protest that had been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 A protest has been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 A protest has been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Protestors pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange Marshalls pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Protestors pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange Marshalls pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange protestors and marshalls pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange protestors and marshalls pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Protestors pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Protestors pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Protestors pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured at the Twadell Avenue interface in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured at the Twadell Avenue interface in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured at the Twadell Avenue interface in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured at the Twadell Avenue interface in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured at the Twadell Avenue interface in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Sunday Life News Nelson McCausland with the Orange Order hold a protest on the Woodvale Road North Belfast a week on from the 12th of July. Ligoniel Orange Lodge was refused by the parades commission their return parade from the 12th of July demonstratiuons in Belfast City Centre. Picture Colm O'Reilly 20-07-2013 Sunday Life
Sunday Life News Ken Wilkinson talks with marshals as the Orange Order hold a protest on the Woodvale Road North Belfast a week on from the 12th of July. Ligoniel Orange Lodge was refused by the parades commission their return parade from the 12th of July demonstratiuons in Belfast City Centre. Picture Colm O'Reilly 20-07-2013 Sunday Life
Sunday Life News Michael Cosby from the Pride Of Ardoyne makes a speech as Orange Order hold a protest on the Woodvale Road North Belfast a week on from the 12th of July. Ligoniel Orange Lodge was refused by the parades commission their return parade from the 12th of July demonstratiuons in Belfast City Centre. Picture Colm O'Reilly 20-07-2013 Sunday Life
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Protestors pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Protestors pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange Marshalls pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 PUP's Billy Hitchinson pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Scenes of violence being broadcast around the world over the marching season are the last thing Northern Ireland needs right now and would be "potentially menacing for investment", the Secretary of State has warned.

Theresa Villiers painted a bleak picture of Northern Ireland's economic future if the parties cannot resolve the financial crisis at Stormont.

She said TV pictures of rioting would create an impression of political instability and scare off investors.

And she also warned that the devolution of Corporation Tax is no longer guaranteed unless Stormont can balance its books within weeks, and government loans are in jeopardy.

But she added that she is willing to accept a DUP "fantasy budget" as a stop gap measure to buy time and help avert an immediate crisis.

Asked about parades, Ms Villiers told the Belfast Telegraph that "political instability is potentially menacing for investment".

She said the Province was still attractive to investors but added: "It is crucial that we have a peaceful parading season, that the determinations of the Parades Commission are obeyed and respected and that any protests are both peaceful and lawful. The last thing we need to do at this time of year, at a time when we have talks potentially, is to have another public order problem which would potentially be broadcast across the whole of the world."

The Rev Mervyn Gibson, a leading Orangeman, said: "We are working and hoping for a peaceful marching season as we do every year."

Ms Villiers was speaking to journalists at the Belfast headquarters of the CBI, a business lobbying group which has been campaigning for the devolution of corporation tax powers.

This tax on business profits is charged at a much lower rate in the Republic.

The snag with reducing it here is that under EU rules, it comes out of the Stormont budget.

Ms Villiers said: "If the Executive parties are unable to resolve that dispute it would become impossible for those powers to be devolved.

"And if they were, it would still be impossible for the Executive to implement a reduction in corporation tax."

This is because Stormont would not have enough money to cover the reductions.

Ms Villiers said that devolving powers over corporation tax "could generate literally thousands of jobs".

The Republic's rate is 12.5% and the UK's is 20%.

The Secretary of State was clear that there was nothing more her government would give financially.

Instead she urged the local parties to implement the Stormont House Agreement which they agreed before Christmas but which Sinn Fein and the SDLP say is insufficient.

While initially backing the welfare element of the agreement, Sinn Fein changed stance three months later, claiming that Executive-funded top-up measures to support claimants losing out under the new system were not as comprehensive as it believed were envisaged in the accord.

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