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Orange Order agrees to meet residents over Ardoyne parade


Controversy: Ardoyne last year

Controversy: Ardoyne last year

Controversy: Ardoyne last year

The Orange Order has said it will hold direct talks with a nationalist residents' group in Ardoyne ahead of a contentious 12 July parade.

The news comes after the unionist Twaddell and Woodvale Residents Association has asked three lodges to engage in direct dialogue with the Crumlin and Ardoyne Residents Association.

They made the request following three recent peaceful parades in north Belfast and said they hoped to build on the "positive environment".

The Orange Order issued a statement this morning backing the lodges involved in the talks.

"The County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast respects and supports their Ligoniel lodges in this decision. This initiative builds on the success of the Comprehensive Template and is further evidence that the Orange family is committed to working towards peaceful resolutions," the statement said.

""The three lodges concerned have agreed along with the local community to enter into direct talks with the Crumlin and Ardoyne Residents Association."

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