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Monday 26 January 2015

Orangemen rebuff appeal from Gerry Adams for meeting

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
Orangemen On The Garvaghy Road, July 2000
RUC: Police officers at the 12th parades at Portadown 1985.
Portadown March at Drumcree bridge July 2002 Portadown District Orangemen parade down to the barrier at Drumcree before trouble flared
Drumcree, Northern Ireland. A makeshift road block on main road into Portadown town centre
An injured woman is led away, Drumcree July 1997
A petrol bomber on the Garvaghy Road
Orangemen go no further as they reach the barrier at Drumcreee preventing them from marching on the Garvaghy Rd.
Tempers flare as Orangemen are blocked from walking the Garvaghy Rd, Drumcree, July 2000
Orangemen at Drumcree
Drumcree July 2000
Drumcree - July 6th 2002. Soldiers erect a security fence at Drumcree Church in Portadown.
PSNI riot team firing plastic bullets
Drumcree Orange Parade At Portadown July 1998. Portadown Grand Master Harold Gracey gives a speech to the crowds outside Drumcree Church of Ireland.
Orange Order: Drumcree, Portadown
GARVAGHY RD JULY 1996. POLICE OFFICERS REMOVE PROTESTING NATIONALISTS FROM GARVAGHY RD.
GARVAGHY RD JULY 1996. POLICE OFFICERS REMOVE PROTESTING NATIONALISTS FROM GARVAGHY RD.
DAVID TRIMBLE MAKES HIS WAY TO GREET THE PORTADOWN ORANGEMEN AFTER THEY MARCHED DOWN GARVAGHY RD 1996.
4/7/03 Garvaghy road residents spokesman Brendan MacCoinnaith pictured in Portadown.
Drumcree Orange Order Demonstration Scarfs drapped around the Road Sign of Drumcree near Portadown
Nationalist protesters walk to Garvaghy Road July 1997. Residents Coalition in Drumcree Portadown to voice their anger at Loyalist Parades through their area
Nationalist Protest March At Garvaghy Road March 1998. Brid Rodgers and Brendan McKenna in attendance at Garvaghy Road demonstration, Portadown
Nationalist Protest March At Garvaghy Road March 1998. Security Forces kept a Loyalist counter demonstration at a safe distance from Nationalist marchers near Oben Street, Portadown
Nationalist Protest March At Garvaghy Road March 1998. A young Loyalist waves the Union Jack at Royal Ulster Constabulary police in riot gear, from the Loyalist side of the town of Portadown, Northern Ireland, as a nationalist-republican protest march, passed by peacefully down the Nationalist Garvaghy road.
STAND-OFF BETWEEN PSNI AND ORANGEMEN.
Disturbances On Garvaghy Road Portadown May 1998. Rioters hurl stones at RUC riot police on the Garvaghy Road, Portadown, Northern Ireland, during disturbances following an Orange parade in the area.
An RUC officer fires plastic bullets at rioting nationalists on the Garvaghy Road
Garvaghy Road Residents Meet With David Trimble May 99. Brendan McKenna arrives at Craigavon Civic Centre to meet the First Minister David Trimble in an effort to solve the Drumcree stand off.
RIR Support The Orangemen At Drumcree January 2000. Members of the Royal Irish Regiment with a flag supporting Orangemen in Drumcree.
Images fromThe Twelfth 2009
King William leads the way. Abbey Street, Bangor
Henry Percy and granddaughter Nikki-May at the field in Barnetts park, Belfast.
Leading the Procession, LOL No 6 Rt Hon Geoffrey Donaldson, Lisburn.
Boys a boy! Hillsborough Protestant Boys, Prince William Road, Lisburn.
Orangemen and women on the march in Glenarm Co Antrim
Lambeg drummers on the march in Glenarm Co Antrim
East Belfast Protestant Boys FB Colour Party. Submitted by George Leishman, Airdrie.
East Belfast Protestant Boys FB Bass Drummer. Submitted by George Leishman, Airdrie.
City of Belfast Fifes And Drums Band at the Belfast 12th in Shaftsberry Sqaure. Submitted by George Leishman, Airdrie.
Portadown Defenders FB on parade in Scarva. Submitted by Jason Hurst, Portadown
Portadown Defenders FB on parade in Portadown, returning from Scarva. Submitted by Jason Hurst, Portadown
Enoying the 12th July in sunny Australia. Submitted by David, Australia
11th of July in Hackham (Adelaide) Australia. Submitted by Martin Spence
Orange celebrations in Hackham, South Australia. Submitted by Martin Spence
Orange celebrations in Hackham, South Australia. Submitted by Martin Spence
Orange celebrations in Hackham, South Australia. Submitted by Martin Spence
Orange celebrations in Hackham, South Australia. Submitted by Martin Spence
Orange celebrations in Hackham, South Australia. Submitted by Martin Spence
County Leitrim Orangemen at Lisbellaw. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader.
The County Fermanagh memorial bannerette to murdered brethren, Lisbellaw. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader
Cullies True Blues LOL No. 14C at Lisbellaw. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader
Rising Sons of Killegar LOL No. 404, County Leitrim at Rosnowlagh. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader
Orangemen on the march in Glenarm Co Antrim
Orangemen on the march in Glenarm Co Antrim
Pride of the Hill, Carnmoney on the return parade through Belfast. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader Stephen Black, Newtownabbey
Orangemen and women on the march in Glenarm Co Antrim
Orangemen and women on the march in Glenarm Co Antrim
Rhianna and Molly Buick, Templemore Avenue. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader Susan Brennan, Belfast
Orangemen and women on the march in Glenarm Co Antrim
Orangemen on the march in Glenarm Co Antrim
'Taking a break' Barnets Demesne, Belfast. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader Gary Wright, Belfast
Orange Order parade in Bangor, Co. Down. A flute player with Newtownards Flute band enters the field.
Orange Order parade in Bangor, Co. Down. Dragoon dressed in period custom put on a demonstration at the field.
The 12th attracks all sorts at Kilrea. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader
Orange Order parade in Bangor, Co. Down.
Orange Order parade in Bangor, Co. Down.
LOL 1026 banner, Clifton Street Belfast. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader
Orange Order parade in Bangor, Co. Down.
Orange Order parade in Bangor, Co. Down. Newtownards District L.O.L enter the field.
The 118-118 lads on the Lisburn Road, Belfast. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader
Orange Order parade in Bangor, Co. Down. District Chaplain Norman Kyle from Holywood District L.O.L 14 cools off at the beach in a break during the parade. 83-year-old Mr Kyle from Crossgar was attending his 69th 12th July parade. He has been parading since 1941.
Food break and time for a quiet chat in the baking sunshine this afternoon at the field in Rasharkin, County Antrim for the Independent Orange Order's main march.
A young supporter on the Dublin Road, Belfast. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader
Food break and time for a quiet chat in the baking sunshine this afternoon at the field in Rasharkin, County Antrim for the Independent Orange Order's main march.
Food break and time for a quiet chat in the baking sunshine this afternoon at the field in Rasharkin, County Antrim for the Independent Orange Order's main march.
Ballyleaney Purple Stat LOL No.11, Richhill Dist.No.2 enter the field in Armagh. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader
Norwegian visitors get a great Co.Armagh welcome. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader
Twelfth of July Demonstrations Londonderry
9Ian Paisley Junior, (left0, at the field in Rasharkin, County Antrim
Black Skull Corp of Drums from Glasgow parading in Larne. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader Lorna Smith, Carrickfergus
Twelfth of July Demonstrations Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 13.7.09Peter McCracken from Limavady puts on his colarette at yesterday's 12th demonstration
Twelfth of July Demonstrations Londonderry - 2009
Hamiltonsbawn Silver Band on parade in Scarva. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader Jim Doran, Belfast
On parade in Scarva. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader Jim Doran, Belfast
On parade in Scarva. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader Jim Doran, Belfast
Poyntzpass Silver Band on parade at Scarva. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader Jim Doran, Belfast
Twelfth of July Demonstrations Londonderry - 2009
Twelfth of July Demonstrations Londonderry - 2009
Young boys attending the speeches in the field, Barnett Demense. Submitted by Belfast Telegraph reader
Twelfth of July Demonstrations Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 13.7.09Sophie Postle from Carrickfergus enjoys the Twelfth in Londonderry.
Twelfth of July Demonstrations Londonderry - 2009
Twelfth of July Demonstrations Londonderry - 2009
Twelfth of July Demonstrations Londonderry - 2009
Twelfth of July Demonstrations Londonderry - 2009
Twelfth of July Demonstrations Londonderry - 2009
The 'Twelfth of July' Orange parade in Belfast
Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 13/7/2009Local priest father Gary Donegan watches as the Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shopfronts in North Belfast today amidst tight security. he area has been a flashpoint for trouble in recent years but everything passed off peacefully this morning although a bigger protest was planned for this evening's return journey past the same spot. At the last parade, Father Donegan was assaulted by republican youths who tried to attack the oparade and supporters.
Sinn Fein Junior Minister Gerry Kelly (left) and former IRA prisoner Bobby Storey (centre) awatch as an Orange Order parade approaches the Ardoyne shopfronts in North Belfast
An Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shopfronts in North Belfast today amidst tight security.
An Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shopfronts in North Belfast today amidst tight security.
An Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shopfronts in North Belfast today amidst tight security.
A cyclist passes protesters waiting for the arrival of an Orange Order parade to pass the Ardoyne shopfronts in North Belfas
An Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shopfronts in North Belfast
Police were confiscationg alcohol from members of the public approaching the city centre during today's annual 'Twelfth of July' Orange parades in North Belfast
Gary Evans, Phillip Dean, Blake Evans, Aaron Arnott, John Bailey, Paul and Mark Simpson
Sarah and Ellie Beresford with William McCullough
Orangemen and bandsmen take part in the annual '12th' parades in Members of the Ulster Defence Volunteers LOL 1981 in Longstone Street.
Orangemen and bandsmen take part in the annual '12th' parades in Members of the Ulster Defence Volunteers LOL 1981 in Longstone Street.
Orangemen and bandsmen take part in the annual '12th' parades in Members Lisburn Fusileers Flute Band in Longstone Street.
The annual '12th' parades in Lisburn town centre
Francis Ferris leads the Ulster Defence Volunteers lodge in Longstone Street.
Amy Morrison, Demi Courtney and Courtney Faulkner
A band member at the main Belfast parade.
An Orange man at the main Belfast parade.
Belfast City Hall
The lead at the main Belfast parade lays wreaths at the cenotaph and have a minutes silence at Belfast City Hall.
The lead at the main Belfast parade lays wreaths at the cenotaph and have a minutes silence at Belfast City Hall.
A feeder parade makes its way past the Arydoyne shops in north Belfast
The Portadown Parade
The bass drummer with Cantril's Glory Accordion Band from Liverpool keeps the beat during the parade through Portadown. Picture by Rick Hewitt. 12/7/09.
Bretheren of LOL 40 on the march through Portadown. Picture by Rick Hewitt. 12/7/09.
Joining in the Twelfth celebrations in Portadown were these three ladies from Bergen, Norway (from left) Miriam Hojklint, Nina Rogde Reynolds and Malin Reynolds. Picture by Rick Hewitt. 12/7/09.
Bretheren of LOL 8 on the march through Portadown.Picture by Rick Hewitt. 12/7/09.
Stepping out smartly, Portadown Ex-Service Mens Lodge LOL 608. Picture by Rick Hewitt. 12/7/09.
The Portadown Parade
A feeder parade makes its way past the Arydoyne shops in north Belfast
A feeder parade makes its way past the Arydoyne shops in north Belfast
A feeder parade makes its way past the Arydoyne shops in north Belfast
A feeder parade makes its way past the Arydoyne shops in north Belfast
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2009 - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Orange Order 12th July celebrations and marchs take place in Belfast. A feeder parade makes its way past the Arydoyne shops in north Belfast
A feeder parade makes its way past the Arydoyne shops in north Belfast
A feeder parade makes its way past the Arydoyne shops in north Belfast
The annual Orange Order parade in Rossnowlagh Co Donegal. The parade makes its way down towards the field beside the beach.
Belfast Telegraph TWELFTH OF JULY GALLERIES- 2008
LOL No.3 marching in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast
Happy faces as bandsmen arrive at Shaws Bridge to complete the outward leg of today's Orange Order parade through Belfast
One bandsman giving it his all, marching in the annual Twelfth parade in Belfast
An Orange parade marches through Newry City Centre for the first time in years. More than half a million people took to the streets of Northern Ireland for the annual Twelfth of July celebrations
Jordan Memorial Accordian Band, Carrickfergus marching in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast
The County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast leads the parade along Bedford Street in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast
Drummers of the North Down Defenders marching in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast
There was an extremely high turn out of Scottish bands accompanying the Orange Order parade through Belfast
There was an extremely high turn out of Scottish bands and banners accompanying the Orange Order parade through Belfast
Orange Order parade at Shaws Bridge to complete the outward leg through Belfast
Alan Thompson does a roaring trade at the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast
Bandsmen escorting an Orange Lodge, arrive at Shaws Bridge to complete the outward leg of their parade through Belfast.
The McCormick sisters, Lorraine, Karen and Lesley from Belfast wave their flags at the annual twelfth of July parade in Belfast
A catholic woman gives "the fingers" to loyalists who were being bussed past the nationalist Ardoyne shopfronts tonight ahead of the Orange Order parade which was on the return leg of its journey after the lodge and its supporters from the Ligoniel area of North Belfast had taken part in the biggest Orange Order event of the day in Belfast. Windows on some of the buses used to ferry supporters through the flashpoint area, were broken during the short trip through the predominantly Catholic area
A loyalist jeers at a Catholic woman who was giving him "the fingers" as loyalists were being bussed past the nationalist Ardoyne shopfronts tonight ahead of the Orange Order parade which was on the return leg of its journey after the lodge and its supporters from the Ligoniel area of North Belfast had taken part in the biggest Orange Order event of the day in Belfast
Children play around a smaller bonfire lit early on the Eleventh night for them ahead of the main one at Roden Street in South Belfast
The five storey high loyalist bonfire at Coolfin Street on the Donegal Road near Belfast city centre
Firefighters attending the loyalist bonfire at Coolfin Street on the Donegal Road near Belfast city centre early this morning
Firefighters attending the loyalist bonfire at Coolfin Street on the Donegal Road near Belfast city centre early this morning
Almost like a winter wonderland as children play near the loyalist bonfire at Coolfin Street on the Donegal Road close to Belfast city centre early this morning. Fire crews had earlier sprayed foam over several properties close to the five storey high bonfire to try to prevent serious damage being caused by the intense heat
Almost like a winter wonderland after firefighters had sprayed foam over the front of several houses near to the loyalist bonfire at Coolfin Street on the Donegal Road near Belfast city centre. Fire crews had earlier sprayed the foam over properties close to the five storey high structure to try to prevent serious damage being caused by the intense heat
Army Prepare For Drumcree July 2001

Gerry Adams has renewed his appeal for talks with the Orange Order — but the plea has already been rebuffed.

The Sinn Fein president revealed he has again written to the Orange institution, and other marching organisations, while criticising the Grand Orange Lodge decision to reject new plans for dealing with parades agreed between his party and the DUP as “deeply disappointing”.

Mr Adams also said it was “reprehensible” that senior Ulster Unionists who are Orange Order members had attempted to play politics over parading and score points off the DUP.

“I have written to the leaderships of the various marching orders in recent weeks asking to meet with them to receive a briefing on the issue of parades and to discuss with them the role and place of Orangeism in modern Irish society,” he said.

“I believe a dialogue between us would be very helpful in reducing tensions and creating a climate in which greater understanding could be encouraged.”

However, a short statement from the Orange Order said: “There are absolutely no plans to meet Mr Adams.”

The West Belfast MP made initial overtures to the Order last year, including an open letter in the Belfast Telegraph.

But Orange Grand Master Robert Saulters firmly rejected the proposals.

Mr Adams has, however, met leaders of Portadown district lodge who agreed to the meeting in an attempt to help resolve the Garvaghy Road impasse.

The Grand Lodge was yesterday preparing to write to First Minister Peter Robinson - but not to Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness - following the vote against the new procedure, which would involve scrapping the present Parades Commission.

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