Northern Ireland

OFMDFM to meet Parades Commission

The first and deputy first minister are to hold joint meeting with Parades Commission
Image caption The first and deputy first minister are to hold joint meeting with Parades Commission

The first and deputy first ministers are to hold their first ever joint meeting with the Parades Commission this week.

The meeting will be held at Stormont Castle on Tuesday.

The issue of contentious parades will be discussed.

The Commission's chairman, Peter Osborne, has said he hopes the Grand Lodge of the Orange Order would soon reverse its policy of refusing to speak to the Parades Commission.

"I don't think it does a service to the Orange institution that they don't talk to everybody and they don't engage with us," he said.

"I think increasingly within the Orange family, I think people are frustrated at that and certainly the engagement we have with Orange institutions, with Orange parading organisations, would suggest that."

Last July, the Orange Order rejected proposals for new legislation on how to deal with contentious parades set out by a joint DUP and Sinn Fein working group.

The six-strong group was set up to work on the matter after the Hillsborough Agreement in January 2010.

The proposals focused on dialogue and a code of conduct for both residents and marchers. They also spelled the end of the Parades Commission.

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