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Parading deal would not just ease tensions, it would free Northern Ireland of cruel burden from history

Breakdown of tentative agreement over Ardoyne shouldn't be viewed as failure, as a template for a settlement has been created that can be used for the next marching season, says Alban Maginness

Published 06/07/2016

Protesters accompanied by a flute band paraded to police lines near Twaddell
Protesters accompanied by a flute band paraded to police lines near Twaddell

My father, who was reared in Ardoyne and taught there most of his adult life, recalled his father taking him for a walk as a small child. They walked up the Crumlin Road, out along what was later to be St Gabriel's Secondary School and which was then just countryside. As they walked along the road they passed by a dead body lying in a field adjacent to the road. The body was the latest victim of the original Troubles, and the sight not an unusual event in the early-1920s in Ardoyne.

Fast-forward to 1969, to be precise August 15, 1969. After two days of riots, barricades and violent clashes between loyalists and Catholic residents and the RUC, three people lay shot dead in the streets. Dozens of homes belonging to Catholics in Hooker Street and Brookfield Street had been torched and hundreds of Catholic residents fled their homes. The Army were belatedly deployed and, according to the Scarman Report " ... the violence died down into the quiet of exhaustion".

This was the beginning of our own Troubles and Ardoyne was at the very epicentre of that tragic development.

If you read Andy Boyd's Holy War In Belfast you can begin to understand the smouldering, clinging history of sectarian hatred and violence - exemplified in particular by disputed Orange Order parades - that has shaped and formed modern Belfast long before partition and the Troubles.

This sectarian political poison has ebbed and flowed in Belfast since its great expansion into an industrial city in the 19th century. It was cemented into the very fabric of the city as it grew, brick by brick. Ardoyne was - and remains - a victim of that sectarian strife.

So, the current problem of parades and parading in Ardoyne, along what is now the upper Crumlin Road, just where my father and grandfather saw an earlier victim of the Troubles, is steeped in history from which we need to be liberated.

The fractured and embittered relationship between Catholic and Protestant continues to express itself in these recurrent clashes over Orange parades. It is, in effect, a surrogate for the unresolved relationship between Catholic and Protestant communities in Belfast at large.

Recently there was a brave and imaginative attempt to come to a local agreement to find a way out of this historic deadlock. Discussions took place between Crumlin Ardoyne Residents Association (Cara) and the Orange Order, overseen by the Rev Harold Good.

Rev Good is a Methodist minister who has given a lifetime's service in the cause of peace. His invaluable work in supervising the decommissioning of IRA weaponry was responsible for restoring the Assembly and re-energising our politics.

Both parties arrived at a tentative plan that could have brought about a compromise deal that would have permitted, by way of cross-community agreement, the return parade of the Orange Order that was prohibited by a Parades Commission ruling in 2013.

Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road
Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Glasgow County Lodge members(L-R) Mark Kirkland, Eddie McGonnell, Kirsty Gardner and Gina McNee pose for a selfie as the parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Elle Knowles(4) with her cousin Phoebe(2) watch the parade on Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Norma Moore, Jodie Moore(8) and Thomasena Hunt wait for the parade on Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way into the field. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Andrew Thompson with his two-year-old son Seth from Rosetta. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Conor Boyd waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Zac Jamison(3) and Marcus Toan(7) wait for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Brothers Roman(3&left) and Reuben McKinney(2) from Templepatrick play the drums as they want for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Marcus Toan waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Chelsea Pensioner Sam Cameron and seven-year-old Conor Boyd wait for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Blue Ribbon band from Belfast pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Gerald Rutherford pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Bands pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Blue Ribbon band from Belfast pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Nathan Anderson, Andrew Charles and Gordon Lucy from Belfast pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Karen Charles,Shaz Kelly and June Withers pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today James Smyth, Joey Sinclaire, Danniell White and Curtis Whte (Front) of Dunmurry Protastant Boys at field in Derriaghy Field
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Lisburn District LOL No 6 Colourparty with Jeffery Donaldson
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Hillsborough District Colour Party pass Seymore Hill on their way to the field at Dunnmurry
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Members of Harry Ferguson Memorial Pipe band warm up before departing for Dunmurry
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Sisters Amy and Katie Cairns from Lisburn add a bit of colour to todays parade at Seymore Hill
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today A young band leader shows his skills
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Lisburn District LOL No 6 with Jeffery Donaldson arrive at Field in Dunmurry
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Young Piper and Drummer of Harry Ferguson Memorial band warm up in Derriaghy
Dorothy Crawford with son Taylor (7) taking a 'Twelfthie' in Lawrencetown : Pic Dorothy Crawford
Pictured are Freddie and Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
Pictured are Freddie and Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Jennifer and Penni McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured are Pride of Ballinran's Clare Glenny with Sarah McConnell,Sophie Annett,Megan Holmes,Laura Glenny and Lindsay Norris with Darcy Campbell. Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Lewis Martin from Ballyvea band at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
Crowds enjoying The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Fluteing away for Fife and Drum at Coleraine Twelfth. PIC: MARK JAMIESON.
Ballywillan Flute smartly turned out at Coleriane Twelfth. Pic: MARK JAMIESON.
Recording the Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Orange Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Young Bands men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Bands men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Bands men walk threw a puddle during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands men walk threw a puddle during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands men walk threw a puddle during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Orangefest -pictured is the Orange order parade as it makes its way through the City Centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Belfast - Orangefest Pictured is the Orange order parade as it makes its way through the City Centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Belfast - Orangefest Pictured is the Orange order parade as it makes its way through the City Centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Siblings Madison and Carson McAllister during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Siblings Madison and Carson McAllister during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Two year old Kyle Smith will follow lodges and bands as they leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 - William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

However, this plan was not acceptable to one of the lodges, and Cara - rightly, in my opinion - declined to agree to a plan that had not got the full-hearted support of all the relevant Orange lodges.

This agreement would also have seen an end to the Twaddell loyalist protest camp, which would give huge relief to the PSNI, as it has had to permanently police it at a massive cost of more than £20m.

But it could also have paved the way for a final settlement to the hostile relationship between the two communities in Ardoyne by creating goodwill over parading and an end to the threat and reality of public disorder.

It would have, in effect, liberated the people from the cruel burden of history. Normality might then take over.

Sadly, this tentative agreement was not to be.

I prefer to see this not so much as a failure, but rather a potential settlement having been stalled.

There is much to be positive about and it is fair to say that there has been little acrimony from the leading participants. A template for a settlement has been created taht could - and should - be used for next year's marching season.

Of course, there will still be opposition, which needs to be encouraged and engaged rather than condemned or marginalised, to see this as a major step forward and a liberation for both communities. In particular, the Orange Order needs to distance itself from the baneful influence of loyalist paramilitaries.

What a tantalising opportunity there was to end almost a hundred years of sectarian strife. A sadly lost opportunity, but maybe just for the moment.

As C S Lewis wrote: "Between little hope and no hope lies an ocean of opportunity." For all the people of Ardoyne, there is now an ocean of opportunity.

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