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Commission may be the way to take heat out of thorny issue

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The Tigers Bay bonfire was one of a few contentious bonfires

The Tigers Bay bonfire was one of a few contentious bonfires

The Tigers Bay bonfire was one of a few contentious bonfires

Back in July 1996, when the Drumcree dispute was bringing widespread disorder to Northern Ireland, a review of parading was commissioned by then secretary of state, Sir Patrick Mayhew. Until then it had been for the RUC to deal with any parading disputes.

Following the publication of the North Report, the Parades Commission was born, an independent decision-maker intended to take arbitration of contentious parades out of the hands of the police and politicians.


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