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Orange Order to apply for July 12 Ardoyne return parade

The Orange Order is to apply for a parade past Ardoyne on July 12 after a deal which would see the closure of the Twaddell protest camp collapsed

THE Orange Order is to apply for a return parade past Ardoyne on July 12, following the collapse of a secret deal to end the impasse in north Belfast.

It was hoped an agreement between Crumlin and Ardoyne Residents Association (CARA) and Orange lodges would end a three-year stand-off at the interface.

The deal would have seen Orangemen walking the contested section of the route at 7.30am last Friday, on the anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

It would also have meant the dismantling of the loyalist protest camp at Twaddell, which has cost millions to police, and an agreement not to march past Ardoyne on July 12.

However, opposition from one of the three lodges involved led to the collapse.

The proposed deal was brokered by Methodist minister Rev Harold Good and Derry businessman Jim Roddy.

Morning parades have been permitted to pass the interface on the Twelfth and have to date passed off without major incident.

While an application to make the return parade next Tuesday evening has yet to be made public, sources within the Orange Order say permission will be sought as normal and they will be lobbying to make the return march.

The commission has banned return parades on the Crumlin Road since 2012, leading to serious violence at the interface.

The Greater Ardoyne Residents Collective (GARC), which was not involved in the talks, said it would also be applying for a protest on the morning of July 12.

It described the march past nationalist home as an “unwanted sectarian parade” and said an alternative route should be found.

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