Representatives of the Loyal Orders and bands could sit on a voluntary Parades Panel and provide a measure of “self-regulation” around parading issues, it has been suggested.
Editor of the Church of Ireland Gazette, Canon Ian Ellis, said he saw such a body as being cross-community in nature, without politicians, and would provide people involved in the parading culture with an opportunity to “show leadership and responsibility for the common good”.
If the panel failed to agree on particular parades, the decision would pass to the Parades Commission, which would continue to exist to deal with unresolved cases.
Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence programme yesterday, Canon Ellis also suggested local authority regulation of the flying of flags on places such as on lamp posts. The Gazette had described the practice as “tacky and shabby in the extreme” and as not showing respect to the flags themselves.
Canon Ellis also said that there was too great an emphasis on the Troubles, and there was a need to focus more on the future for coming generations.