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Tuesday, July 6, 1999 Published at 20:12 GMT 21:12 UK


Drumcree parade banned again

Troops prepare for possible confrontation at Drumcree

The Northern Ireland Parades Commission has again refused to allow Portadown Orange Lodge to march along the mainly nationalist Garvaghy Road on Sunday 11 July.

The lodge has been applying to parade on the road every Sunday since last year's controversial Drumcree march was re-routed.

But Portadown Orangemen spokesman David Jones says he is confident the parade will eventually take place.

"It must be borne in mind, this time last year, we had just arrived on the hill," he said.

"However, this year we have already been out on the hill for 12 months so really we are on day 367 and I think now they have got to realise that the parade may go down in the future."

The Orange Order remains in touch with Prime Minister Tony Blair, but as yet has received no definite indication that Portadown District will be allowed to parade.

Orangemen are still maintaining a protest at Drumcree following a Parades Commission decision to ban them from marching down the Garvaghy Road on 4 July.

[ image: Drumcree: Scene of violent overnight clashes]
Drumcree: Scene of violent overnight clashes
Minor scuffles erupted on Monday night between loyalists and the security forces with six policemen being injured.

Two people were arrested and a heavy security presence remains.

However, the Orange Order has said it remains happy about the way the protest is being conducted.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday the commission issued determinations covering a number of parades over the busiest period of the marching calendar 10-15 July.

The vast majority of hundreds of parades will take place exactly as notified by the organisers. However, a few have had conditions imposed.

Parades across province

  • 10 July Ballycastle - Ballycastle District No 23 (route conditions).
    Castlederg - Castlederg Young Loyalists (conduct conditions).
    Portadown - Portadown District No 1 (conduct conditions).

  • 11 July Keady - Keady District No 8 Decision issued (no conditions).
    Belfast Lower Ormeau Concerned Community (timing conditions).
    Portadown - Portadown District No 1 (route conditions).
    Castlewellan - Castlewellan No 12 Decision issued (no conditions).

  • 12 July Armagh - Armagh District No 12 (route conditions).
    Ballycastle - Moyarget 1196 (route conditions).
    Ballysillan - Ballysillan 1891 (conduct conditions).
    Belfast - Ballynafeigh District No 10 (route conditions).
    Bellaghy - Bellaghy 400 (route conditions).
    Bellaghy - Ballymacombs 1571 (route conditions).
    Bellaghy - Bellaghy 169 (route conditions).
    Castlederg - Killen District No 12 ( conduct conditions).
    Castlewellan - Castlewellan Star of Temperance 356 (route conditions).
    Coalisland - Coalisland Lodge no 93 (no conditions).
    Crumlin - Crumlin 3145 and 471(route and conduct conditions).
    Dunloy - Dunloy No 296 (route condition).
    Keady - morning Keady District No 8 Decision issued (no conditions). Evening Keady District No 8 (route conditions).
    Newtownbutler - Newtownbutler No 1 (route conditions).
    Londonderry - City of Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge (route conditions).
    Lurgan - Lurgan District no 6 (route conditions).
    Newhamilton - Newtownhamilton District No 9 (route conditions).
    Newry - Altnaveigh 37 (route conditions).
    Newry - Newry District no 9 (route conditions).
    Newry - Commons Cumberland 45. Decision issued (no conditions).
    Pomeroy - Pomeroy District no 5 (route conditions).
    Portadown - Portdown District no 1 (route or conduct conditions).
    Portadown - County Armagh Grand Orange Lodge (conduct conditions).
    Strabane - Strabane 14 (route conditions).
    Strabane - Strabane no 250 (route conditions).
    Whiterock - Whiterock 974 (conduct conditions).
    Whiterock - West Belfast 739 (conduct conditions).
    Whiterock Glenavy 1963 (conduct conditions).
    Whiterock Springfield Residents Action Group (route conditions).

  • 13 July Lurgan - Lurgan Royal Black Perceptory chapter no 2 (Route conditions).
    Newry - Newry Royal Black Perceptory chapter no 4 (route conditions).
    Newtownhamilton - Newtownhamilton District No 9 (route conditions).
    Portadown - Portadown Royal Black Perceptory (route conditions).
    Newtownhamtilon Royal Black Perceptory decision issued (no conditions).

  • 14 July Portadown District no 1 (conduct conditions).

  • 15 July Portadown District no 1 (conduct conditions).

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