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Belfast Orange Order parade passes off peacefully

An Orange Order parade past a Catholic church has passed off peacefully in Belfast city centre.

However, a band taking part in the The City of Belfast Orange Widows Fund parade played music while passing St Patrick's Catholic Church. The Parades Commission had ruled that a single drum-beat should be played while passing the church.

Around 20 nationalist protesters turned out to oppose the march at Clifton Street yesterday. The area became a flashpoint after violence broke out last summer.

North Belfast Assembly member Caral Ni Chuilin said the breach of the determination doesn't show a desire for resolution.

“This is fairly early on in what's become known as the marching season and I think the Loyal Orders need to be very responsible,” she said. “The only way to make that happen is through dialogue, sitting down with residents and working out their issues.”

However, loyalist spokesman Winston Irvine said that loyal orders have been meeting residents for over 10 years and that willingness to dialogue was not the issue.

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