A leading Orange Order figure has welcomed former Holy Cross priest Aidan Troy’s call for a gesture from Ardoyne residents to end the parading impasse.
Fr Troy was working in north Belfast at the time of a bitter inter-community protest in 2001 and now works in Paris.
Writing in his web blog, he said: “Gestures can be significant in calling people to the ways of peace. Would Woodvale/Ardoyne people of goodwill consider offering a powerful witness to our world at a time when in the Middle East children, women and men are being slaughtered daily?”
Orange chaplain the Rev Mervyn Gibson described the comments as positive.
“This is someone who has served there as a priest and was a very highly respected priest in that community. We believe common sense is needed,” he said.