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Press Eye - Belfast -  Friday 12th July 2013 

The outward leg of the north Belfast feeder parade passes the Nationalist Ardoyne shops in north Belfast where Orangemen and bands marched past the Nationalist residents from the Greater Ardoyne Residents' Collective (GARC) held a small protest in the area, amid a heavy police presence.
Thousands of Orangemen are taking part in the annual Twelfth of July parades across Northern Ireland.

Nigel Dodds with Police.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Friday 12th July 2013 The outward leg of the north Belfast feeder parade passes the Nationalist Ardoyne shops in north Belfast where Orangemen and bands marched past the Nationalist residents from the Greater Ardoyne Residents' Collective (GARC) held a small protest in the area, amid a heavy police presence. Thousands of Orangemen are taking part in the annual Twelfth of July parades across Northern Ireland. Nigel Dodds with Police. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

PACEMAKER BELFAST   12/07/2013
 North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds had been injured in violence that followed an Orange Order parade. Police say Mr Dodds was knocked unconscious and taken away in an ambulance. Earlier he had appealed for calm after trouble broke out when an Orange parade was stopped on the Woodvale Road and was hit with Water cannon.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/07/2013 North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds had been injured in violence that followed an Orange Order parade. Police say Mr Dodds was knocked unconscious and taken away in an ambulance. Earlier he had appealed for calm after trouble broke out when an Orange parade was stopped on the Woodvale Road and was hit with Water cannon. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   12/07/2013
North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds has been injured in violence that followed an Orange Order parade. Police say Mr Dodds was knocked unconscious and taken away in an ambulance. Earlier he had appealed for calm after trouble broke out when an Orange parade was stopped on the Woodvale Road.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/07/2013 North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds has been injured in violence that followed an Orange Order parade. Police say Mr Dodds was knocked unconscious and taken away in an ambulance. Earlier he had appealed for calm after trouble broke out when an Orange parade was stopped on the Woodvale Road. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   12/07/2013
North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds has been injured in violence that followed an Orange Order parade. Police say Mr Dodds was knocked unconscious and taken away in an ambulance. Earlier he had appealed for calm after trouble broke out when an Orange parade was stopped on the Woodvale Road.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/07/2013 North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds has been injured in violence that followed an Orange Order parade. Police say Mr Dodds was knocked unconscious and taken away in an ambulance. Earlier he had appealed for calm after trouble broke out when an Orange parade was stopped on the Woodvale Road. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST   12/07/2013
 North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds had been injured in violence that followed an Orange Order parade. Police say Mr Dodds was knocked unconscious and taken away in an ambulance. Earlier he had appealed for calm after trouble broke out when an Orange parade was stopped on the Woodvale Road and was hit with Water cannon.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/07/2013 North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds had been injured in violence that followed an Orange Order parade. Police say Mr Dodds was knocked unconscious and taken away in an ambulance. Earlier he had appealed for calm after trouble broke out when an Orange parade was stopped on the Woodvale Road and was hit with Water cannon. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

12/7/13 PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST. MP Nigel Dodds talks to senior police officers as serious trouble broke out this evening as Police enforced the Parades Commission's ruling that Orange bandsmen could not return past the nationalist Ardoyne area after the 12th of July annual parade. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

12/7/13 PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST. MP Nigel Dodds talks to senior police officers as serious trouble broke out this evening as Police enforced the Parades Commission's ruling that Orange bandsmen could not return past the nationalist Ardoyne area after the 12th of July annual parade. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Friday 12th July 2013 The outward leg of the north Belfast feeder parade passes the Nationalist Ardoyne shops in north Belfast where Orangemen and bands marched past the Nationalist residents from the Greater Ardoyne Residents' Collective (GARC) held a small protest in the area, amid a heavy police presence. Thousands of Orangemen are taking part in the annual Twelfth of July parades across Northern Ireland. Nigel Dodds with Police. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds is making a good recovery after being knocked out during the loyalist riots that have hit his constituency in recent days, the Democratic Unionist Party said tonight.

The DUP deputy leader, 54, was struck by a missile thrown by a rioter as trouble flared in the Woodvale Road area on Friday night.

Moments earlier he had been talking with police officers who were bearing the brunt of the violent onslaught.

He was knocked unconscious for around ten minutes and only came fully round in an ambulance taking him to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital.

As he lay prone on the Woodvale Road Mr Dodds was drenched by a police water cannon that was being deployed to subdue rioters.

The MP spent Friday night in hospital and was discharged early on Saturday.

"Nigel is glad to be back home and he's making a good recovery," said the DUP spokesman.

"He hopes to be back in his office within the next few days."

The DUP also released new images of the moments immediately after the MP was struck.

On Wednesday, Mr Dodds was suspended from the House of Commons for the day after accusing Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers of being "deliberately deceptive" about a controversial ban on an Orange Order parade in his constituency - a ban which loyalists ultimately rioted over this weekend.

Earlier this year Mr Dodds was taken to hospital in London after falling ill at Westminster.

Belfast Telegraph


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