Orangemen to hold Stormont protest

THE ORANGE Order are to stage a protest at Stormont today to highlight their opposition to the Parades Commission.

Members of Ballymacarrett Orange Lodge in east Belfast are to protest at Stormont estate and have called for the scrapping of the Parades Commission with a spokesman saying it has "outlived its usefulness".

In a statement they said that the parades' watchdog was now "part of the problem, rather than part of the solution".

"The Unionist community has, as one, continually called for a fair and equitable replacement to the Parades Commission", the spokesman said.

The organisation also claimed that Secretary of State Theresa Villiers had "betrayed the trust" of unionists.

"Theresa Villiers’ response has been: only if republicans agree. No such agreement was sought from the unionist community when the biased legislation was introduced.

"The Orange Institution has advised its members and supporters to trust politics - Theresa Villiers has betrayed that trust.

"In practice, style, politics and delivery Theresa Villiers is a hopeless Secretary of State," the spokesman added.

The protest comes ahead of a Parades Commission ruling on the controversial Orange parade past the Ardoyne shops on the Twelfth which has been banned from making its return along the Crumlin Road since 2013.