VIDEO: Order ditches ‘knee-jerk’ reactions to play long game with commission

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A senior Orangeman has said that the days of ‘knee-jerk’ responses to the Parades Commission are over, and that pressure to change how marches are regulated will continue long after the Twelfth.

Speaking yesterday after the Order’s Portadown lodges were once again blocked from their return route at Drumcree, Grand Secretary Drew Nelson was bitterly critical of the “inept” commission, and said the ramifications from its decision-making will be felt for many months yet.

Members of the Orange order at police barriers at Drumcree Church
Members of the Orange order at police barriers at Drumcree Church

It comes in the wake of its decision to again refuse the return of three Ligoniel lodges past the Ardoyne shops on the Twelfth, something which sparked a display of unity from across the unionist political spectrum.

 

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