Northern Ireland

Orange Order commissions review on north Belfast parade dispute

Edward Stevenson
Image caption Edward Stevenson said the review had been commissioned because the Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers, was not addressing the parading issue seriously

The Orange Order has commissioned a think-tank to carry out a review of the Crumlin Road parade dispute in north Belfast.

Protests have been ongoing since part of the march was restricted in July 2013.

The fact-finding review will be carried out by the Francis Hutcheson Institute.

The Order said it had been commissioned because the NI Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers, was not addressing the parading issue seriously.

The dispute in north Belfast centres on applications by Ligoniel Orange Lodge to march along a stretch of the Crumlin Road that separates nationalist and unionist communities.

For the past two summers, they have been refused permission to hold the return leg of their annual 12 July parade along the route.

Related Topics

More on this story