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Friday 30 January 2015

Orangemen should be careful about what they wish for

Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Orange women pictured on Royal Avenue as the main parade makes its way through Belfast City Centre.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A young bands man from the Pride of Ardoyne Flute Band pictured on Royal Avenue as the parade makes its way through Belfast City Centre.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A bands man from the Pride of Ardoyne Flute Band pictured on Royal Avenue as the parade makes its way through Belfast City Centre.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A bands woman pictured on Royal Avenue as the parade makes its way through Belfast City Centre.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. An Orange woman pictured on Royal Avenue as the parade makes its way through Belfast City Centre.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A young bands man from the Pride of Ardoyne Flute Band pictured on Royal Avenue as the parade makes its way through Belfast City Centre.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. The main parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road in south Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. The main parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road in south Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. The main parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road in south Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. The main parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road in south Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. The DUP''s Nigel Dodds pictured along with other Orange men and bands as they make their way past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast which is considered a flash point due to the ongoing tensions between both communities over the parade.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Left to right. Aimee O'Neill(6) her sister Mollie(8) and Cara Gyle(4) from Belfast pictured at Carlisle Circus as the main parade heads off.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Jay Crawford(4) from Belfast pictured at Carlisle Circus as the main parade heads off.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Left to right. Wayne Scott(5), Tanesha Coulter(3), Megan Muir(8) and Tiana McKeown(4) from Belfast pictured at Carlisle Circus as the main parade heads off.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Left to right. Kevin Cahill, Alan Macintosh,Lord Laird, Ken Latimar and David Dalzell from Royal York LOL145 which was formed in 1795 and is one of the oldest lodges in Belfast pictured at Carlisle Circus as the main parade heads off.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Left to right. Stephanie Moore, Hazel Bunting and Karen Gillen from Newtownabbey pictured on the Lisburn Road in south Belfast as the parade makes its way to the field.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Left to right. Iris Hagan(13), Taylor Rainey(11) and Tina Haggan(15) pictured at Carlisle Circus as the main parade heads off.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Lord Laird pictured with fellow Orange men from Royal York LOL145 which was formed in 1795 and is one of the oldest lodges in Belfast pictured at Carlisle Circus as the main parade heads off.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Orange men make their way through the Shankill estate in west Belfast before the main parade heads off.
Northern Ireland- 12th July 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Annual 12th July celebrations and Orange Order parades take place in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. The day commemorates the victory of William of Orange over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. An Orange man pictured at Carlisle Circus before the main parade heads off.

What would happen if there was no Parades Commission, as the Orange Order proposes?

We can get a glimpse from looking at the situation in Glasgow, which has a strong parading tradition and where the council publishes a code of conduct on its website.

There, processions must not impact negatively on residents; they can't play music in the evenings; and they must march four abreast and leave gaps for people and traffic to pass.

Likely policing costs can also be crucial in deciding whether to allow a parade to proceed along its chosen route or not. That is far more restrictive than anything that applies here.

Marching down the middle of the street, especially in business or residential areas, is something that is forbidden by law in most circumstances and the Parades Commission is a means of making it permissible.

The difficulty in agreeing something else was shown in 2010, when the DUP and Sinn Fein thought they had an agreement worked out – only to have the loyal orders and other bodies reject it at the last minute. The loyal orders would prefer a solution which would allow an automatic right to parade, but that won't be forthcoming.

So Peter Osborne, the Parades Commission chair, is probably right in predicting that parades will continue to be notified this summer.

That is still the best option on offer.

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