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Orange Order makes 'last push' to complete Ardoyne parade

Orangemen during a stand-off with police on Woodvale Road, Belfast, close to the Ardoyne, after their protest march was re-routed by the Parades Commission
Orangemen during a stand-off with police on Woodvale Road, Belfast, close to the Ardoyne, after their protest march was re-routed by the Parades Commission
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 A protest has been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 Mervyn Gibson attends a protest that has been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 A protest has been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 Billy Hutchinson speaks to the media during a protest that had been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 A protest has been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 20/7/13 A protest has been held after a contentious Orange Order parade was stopped by police in north Belfast. Three Orange order lodges had applied to march past the Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road but the Parades' Commission ruled against the move. Today's parade stopped on the Woodvale Road, at Woodvale Parade. The lodges were accompanied by a large crowd of supporters. picture Mark marlow/pacemaker press
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Protestors pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange Marshalls pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Protestors pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange Marshalls pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange protestors and marshalls pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange protestors and marshalls pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Protestors pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Protestors pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Protestors pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured at the Twadell Avenue interface in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured at the Twadell Avenue interface in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured at the Twadell Avenue interface in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured at the Twadell Avenue interface in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange supporters pictured at the Twadell Avenue interface in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Sunday Life News Nelson McCausland with the Orange Order hold a protest on the Woodvale Road North Belfast a week on from the 12th of July. Ligoniel Orange Lodge was refused by the parades commission their return parade from the 12th of July demonstratiuons in Belfast City Centre. Picture Colm O'Reilly 20-07-2013 Sunday Life
Sunday Life News Ken Wilkinson talks with marshals as the Orange Order hold a protest on the Woodvale Road North Belfast a week on from the 12th of July. Ligoniel Orange Lodge was refused by the parades commission their return parade from the 12th of July demonstratiuons in Belfast City Centre. Picture Colm O'Reilly 20-07-2013 Sunday Life
Sunday Life News Michael Cosby from the Pride Of Ardoyne makes a speech as Orange Order hold a protest on the Woodvale Road North Belfast a week on from the 12th of July. Ligoniel Orange Lodge was refused by the parades commission their return parade from the 12th of July demonstratiuons in Belfast City Centre. Picture Colm O'Reilly 20-07-2013 Sunday Life
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
20/7/2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands of Orange men and loyalists protest on the Woodvale road this afternoon, scene of serious disturbances for the last week or so after Orange men were denied walking past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast on the 12th of July. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Protestors pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Protestors pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 Orange Marshalls pictured on the Woodvale Road in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Saturday 20th July 2013 PUP's Billy Hitchinson pictured at Ardoyne in Belfast afternoon attempt to parade up to the police lines. In an unexpected move earlier this week, Orangemen made a new application to the Parades Commission adjudication body to march the disputed Crumlin Road section of the route today. That bid was again rejected by the commission - a move that is likely to prompt another stand-off between police and protesters at the same community interface area later. The Order said it applied for Saturday's event to complete a return parade they were banned from making on the Twelfth of July. Order members have continued to hold protests in the area throughout the week. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

By Brian Rowan

The new five-member Parades Commission faces a crunch decision in the coming days – with a fresh application to complete a controversial Orange march in north Belfast.

That return leg of the parade along a route that passes Ardoyne has been blocked since July 12 last year with the cost of nightly police operations running into millions of pounds.

Now, the Ligoniel Lodges have applied to complete their march on the morning of Saturday, June 7.

And, speaking to this newspaper, a senior Orange Order source described it as a "last push" and "genuine effort" to get a resolution before the Twelfth.

The commission is due to begin its deliberations tomorrow.

And one source watching developments commented: "Within certain elements of the Orange Order and loyalism there's an expectation that the parade will be allowed up."

Another source, speaking on condition of non-attribution, said: "Sufficient to say there are very serious concerns about the floating of the idea and the way the idea is being canvassed and who's involved."

He said any decision to allow the return march would be "highly reckless and irresponsible".

This newspaper understands that senior Catholic and Church of Ireland clergy have been involved in background talks that began late last year.

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According to sources, Bishop Donal McKeown and Bishop Alan Abernethy have been part of those talks, along with politicians Gerry Kelly and Alban Maginness, local nationalist residents, representatives of the local lodges and others including Winston Irvine of the PUP and Lee Reynolds of the DUP.

After a pause in meetings, another is planned for June 1 – just six days before that June 7 march application date which the Parades Commission has to rule on.

The commission might not come to an immediate decision, but rather allow space for those talks.

A range of sources is describing both a volatile and a delicate situation and "big stakes".

The June 7 date is seen as the last chance to get something resolved before a series of parades that mark the beginning of a new summer marching season – the Tour of the North, the Whiterock Parade and the Twelfth.

"There's certainly speculation that the Parades Commission want it resolved before the Twelfth," a senior Orange Order source said.

But the question is how it can be resolved without local agreement.

At this point, there is no suggestion that those background talks have come close to producing a breakthrough formula.

The decision last summer to stop the return march on the Woodvale Road was described by a number of sources at the time as the "nuclear option".

There was rioting at police lines and a near year-long stand-off has developed with a permanent protest camp being set up in the Twaddell area.

Now, the new Parades Commission faces a huge decision – one that will be controversial whatever the ruling.

The June 7 application is listed for consideration tomorrow, but it could be several days before any decision emerges.

Last-minute dialogue last summer was given space and, if there are plans for talks to take place on June 1, then the commission is likely to wait.

A local agreement is the best option, but may not be possible.

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