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Dodds claims nationalists using Brexit to 'create fear of united Ireland'

Nigel Dodds
Nigel Dodds

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has said that Brexit is being used by nationalists "to muddy the waters" and "create a fear of a united Ireland".

Mr Dodds made the comments as he delivered a speech at Barnett Demenese, where thousands gathered for the Twelfth of July celebrations.  The North Belfast MP told the crowd that unionists must not be taken in by the talk and that he believed "a strong majority of people still support the union".

He said that the 2021 centenary of Northern Ireland would provide a platform to "promote and strengthen the Union".

Mr Dodds encouraged unionists to come together and be "evangelists for the union".

Touching on the history of the Twelfth the DUP stalwart said that he could remember a time when "our nationalist friends and neighbours wished us well on the Twelfth, and many of them would have come out to see the parades. I think that many nationalist people are still the same today".

Mr Dodds said that he found it "very sad" that the "legitimate, dignified and long-standing parading tradition" had been "demonised and misrepresented by many republicans".

He told the crowd that it was wrong that there are parts of the country "where Orange feet are no longer allowed to walk".

"Sinn Fein are quick to speak about the importance of mutual understanding and a shared future," The North Belfast MP said.

"Fine words, but while they talk the talk, their actions betray another mindset."

Mr Dodds criticised Sinn Fein for continually paying tribute to and commemorating former IRA members, saying this was "rubbing salt into the wounds" of innocent victims.

The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Damien "Dee" Fennell, a spokesman for the Greater Ardoyne Residents' pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: The Orange Order parade through Ardoyne passed off peacefully in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Damien "Dee" Fennell, a spokesman for the Greater Ardoyne Residents' pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

He also called for a change to the definition of a Troubles victim, saying paramilitaries should not be put on a par with civilians or security forces.

At this point the DUP deputy took a moment to remember Bea Worton and Willie Frazer, victims' campaigners who passed away in recent weeks without seeing justice.

Mr Dodds also highlighted the "witch-hunt" against army veterans for Troubles related killings.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Sofie Lilly Ferguson five months old with Andrea Mawhinney pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Members of the Orange Order and their supporters march during the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Supporters attend an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Orangemen and women take part in the annual Twelfth of July Orange demonstration march on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Twelfth is an annual Ulster Protestant celebration of the victory of the Protestant King William of Orange over the Catholic forces of King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Orange band members pose before taking part in the annual Twelfth of July Orange demonstration march on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Twelfth is an annual Ulster Protestant celebration of the victory of the Protestant King William of Orange over the Catholic forces of King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Orange band members pose before taking part in the annual Twelfth of July Orange demonstration march on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Twelfth is an annual Ulster Protestant celebration of the victory of the Protestant King William of Orange over the Catholic forces of King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
PSNI vehicle passes as bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Supporters attend an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: A supporter of the Orange Order takes part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Members of the Orange Order takes part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: A member of the Orange Order takes part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Members of the Orange Order and their supporters take part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: A young supporter of the Orange Order plays the drums during the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Members of the Orange Order and their supporters march during the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Members of the Orange Order and their supporters take part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Supporters of the Orange Order pose by a wall mural during the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Supporters of the Orange Order sit on the steps of a church during the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Members of the Orange Order and their supporters take part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Members of the Orange Order and their supporters take part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A member of the Orange Order poses beside a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A member of the Orange Order poses beside a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A member of the Orange Order poses beside a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. William and Meg Massey from East Belfast pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Ronnie Thompson LOL 1977 who is celebrating his 72 birthday today pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. William and Meg Massey from East Belfast pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Ronnie Thompson LOL 1977 who is celebrating his 72 birthday today pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

He said the campaign was being led by those who welcomed the early release of prisoners under the Good Friday Agreement and so-called 'on-the-run' letters for former paramilitaries.

Despite the challenges Mr Dodds said that he believed progress was possible.

"Friends, much has to change if we are to move forward together. But in the interests of our children and grand-children it is vital that we do move forward together," he told the crowd.

The North Belfast MP told those gathered that the DUP were doing all they can to get Stormont up and running again.

He hit out at the MPs for interfering in Northern Ireland by voting to introduce same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland if Stormont does not return by October 21.

"These have always been devolved matters and Westminster should not be interfering in them. Apart from any other consideration, it makes a mockery of the whole concept of devolution," Mr Dodds said.

The DUP leader in the commons said that a return to Stormont was neccesary to deal with the issue.

"We must redouble our efforts to have Stormont up and running again. It is vital that we get this sorted so that we can deliver on the matters that affect us all – health, education, the economy and so on."

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