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Monday, July 6, 1998 Published at 08:29 GMT 09:29 UK


Drumcree: The key quotes

The Orangemen are determined to march the Garvachy Road

Northern Ireland's Orange Order is continuing its stand-off at the Garvaghy Road barricades, saying it is determined to follow the traditional route of its Drumcree parade and march through a nationalist area of Portadown.


[ image: They say it is part of their traditional visit to Drumcree Church]
They say it is part of their traditional visit to Drumcree Church
But the 1,000 men and their families still face complete opposition to their march after the Parades Commission banned it from entering the Garvaghy Road.

The Rev Ian Paisley, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, arrived at the site on Sunday night.

He said: "This is a battle that has to be won - no ifs, no buts.

"There is only one thing I am ashamed of, and that is that I ever held (David Trimble's) hand," referring to the two leaders' joint stance at Drumcree in 1996.

Breandan MacCionnaith, spokesman for the nationalist Garvachy Residents' coalition, said: "At the present time the only place where the RUC appear to be in control, if control is indeed the word, is at Drumcree.


[ image: Breandan MacCionnaith: Nationalists fear the marching]
Breandan MacCionnaith: Nationalists fear the marching
"The only place where the RUC presence is visible is on the fringes of nationalist areas.

"All the rest of Portadown is now in control of loyalism and the Orange Order.

"I don't think that augurs well for the next 24-48 hours."

Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam appealed for calm.

"We don't want to see the violence we have seen in previous years, because it benefits no one.

"No one wins, everyone is a loser.

"We have come so far in the last year that I just hope people will think twice and abide by the law."


[ image: But the Orangemen say the ban is unfair]
But the Orangemen say the ban is unfair
Ronnie Flanagan, chief constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, rejected predictions from nationalists that he would cave in to pressure from the Orangemen.

"The march will not be forced down Garvaghy Road," he said. "It is our responsibility to uphold the law and it is our responsibility to enforce the lawfully binding decision of the Parades Commission."

Denis Watson, County Grand Master of the Armagh lodge of the Orange Order, said: "Sad to say the vast majority of residents are more than happy for the parade to go down along the road.


[ image: And fringe groups may turn to violence]
And fringe groups may turn to violence
"But unfortunately they are being intimidated by Sinn Fein/IRA who are clearly orchestrating this campaign."

Northern Ireland Security Minister Adam Ingram, warned the protesters against taking on the authorities.

"The Government and the Chief Constable, with the support of the army are determined to ensure that civic society prevails and the normal rule of law will prevail in Northern Ireland."

And Alastair Graham, chairman of the Parades Commission warned that his body would make rulings on more marches that would be opposed by both the Orangemen and nationalists.

"There will be decisions which will be just an unpalatable to the nationalist community.

"They will be as equally required to comply with the legal ruling of the Parades Commission, as are the Orange Order at Drumcree."

But David Jones, a Portadown Orangeman who camped out overnight after the parade was stopped at the road blocks, summed up the feeling in the protestant camp.

"The eventual solution to this particular problem is that we are allowed along the Garvaghy Road, our traditional route.

"We are going to stay here until that happens. We are very sure that it is going to happen."



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