Praise for peaceful July 12 events

An Orange Order parade on Crumlin Road

An Orange Order parade on Crumlin Road

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Cool heads helped maintain calm in Northern Ireland during the Twelfth celebrations, the justice minister said.

Police, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers and senior politicians in the devolved power-sharing administration at Stormont have lauded the peaceful outcome of Twelfth of July celebrations, which followed united unionist appeals for no trouble and nationalist efforts to defuse tensions.

Thousands of loyal order members commemorated the victory of Protestant King William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 but there was virtually no confrontation and the flashpoint Ardoyne parade in North Belfast ended without violence.


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