Orange Order has ‘useful’ meeting with unionist parties

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Orange Order chiefs have met with unionist parties to discuss the current situation regarding the Ligoniel impasse in north Belfast, “and broader parading issues”.

The move comes after Secretary of State Theresa Villiers last month said the Government would not be setting up a panel to examine the parades dispute at Ardoyne.

Attending Tuesday’s meeting at the Institution’s headquarters in east Belfast were Grand Master Edward Stevenson and senior Grand Lodge officers, members of the County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast, and representatives of the DUP, UUP, TUV, Ukip, PUP and UPRG.

Afterwards, an Orange spokesman described the series of meetings as “useful”.

He said: “The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland remains totally committed to a fair and equitable resolution to the parading impasse.

“We look forward to continuing to work with all unionists in the days ahead to achieve this aim.”