Parades Commission silent on Ardoyne inquiry

A protest camp has been in place at Twaddell Avenue since last year's refusal of an Orange Order parade past the Ardoyne shops

A protest camp has been in place at Twaddell Avenue since last year's refusal of an Orange Order parade past the Ardoyne shops

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The Parades Commission has declined to say whether it would support an inquiry into the parades situation in north Belfast.

Unionists – who broke off contact with the quango in July after it again stopped the return Orange parade past the Ardoyne shops – have been pressing the Secretary of State to set up a commission of inquiry into the impasse.

When asked by the News Letter whether it would support such a move, the commission said in a statement: “The commission’s main role is to consider parades and parade-related protests and to issue determinations as it considers necessary. The commission does not publicly comment on political proposals around the broader issue of parading.”