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Division and lack of leadership: Inside loyalist and nationalist areas of Belfast ahead of Twelfth

Belfast’s ‘culture’ divisions appear intractable as the annual Orange marches and ‘celebration’ of the Twelfth leave Catholic neighbours anxious about tomorrow

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Unionist councillor Dean McCullough at the Tigers Bay bonfire. Picture by Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Unionist councillor Dean McCullough at the Tigers Bay bonfire. Picture by Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Unionist councillor Dean McCullough at the Tigers Bay bonfire. Picture by Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Inside the loyalist area of Tigers Bay in north Belfast, teenagers in T-shirts and tracksuit bottoms sit on a busted sofa listening to a song about the UDA.

It’s Friday night and there’s broken glass and discarded beer bottles, while outside the gates there’s graffiti on one of the walls reading: ‘We are the Taliban.’


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