Unionist anger at parade determination

Nigel Dodds
Nigel Dodds

Nigel Dodds has accused the Parades Commission of failing to learn lessons from recent years after the latest ban on an Orange parade in Ligoniel.

The North Belfast MP said the latest determination shows the commission had bowed “to republican threats”.

Mr Dodds said the Order’s ‘Twaddell Initiative’ proposals could have led to a resolution.

“The out-of-hand rejection by CARA (Crumlin and Ardoyne Residents’ Association) of a morning parade and intensive dialogue demonstrates their bad faith in past talks.

“CARA and Sinn Fein are rejecting the most substantive offer of dialogue ever made in this situation.

“The public threats from GARC were direct and unambiguous.

“The commission makes no mention of this in their determination but once again will have been seen to bow to republican threats,” the DUP MP said.

TUV leader Jim Allister described the commission’s ruling as “defying logic”.

He said: “Once again the Parades Commission will be regarded as the enemy of unionism and the Loyal Orders and the protectors of republican interests when faced with the threat of violence.”

UUP councillor Mark Cosgrove said he was “extremely disappointed” at the decision, adding: “The current commission lacks any sort of decision-making balance.”