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Thugs arrive for Ardoyne carnage

More than 100 dissident republicans from across Northern Ireland will be in Ardoyne tomorrow for the Orange Order's controversial Twelfth parade.

Many of them arrived in the north Belfast estate yesterday evening to ensure police will not be able to keep them out if violence occurs.

Among the high-profile dissidents who landed into Ardoyne last night was convicted Real IRA bomber John Connolly.

The Fermanagh terror boss, who slept in a friend's house, was jailed for 14 years in 2002 for pleading guilty to possessing a ‘barrack buster' bomb with intent to endanger life.

Derry dissident Gary Donnelly, who is just out of jail after serving a prison sentence, is also expected to arrive in Ardoyne later today.

Belfast Telegraph