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Friday, 6 July, 2001, 11:13 GMT 12:13 UK
No restrictions on Keady parade
Orangmen marching
The Orange march in Keady will go ahead
The Northern Ireland Parades Commission has not imposed any conditions on the 12 July Orange Order parade in Keady, County Armagh.

In a decision announced on Friday, it said the march would take place from Keady Orange Hall to Tassagh Road at its junction with Bachelor's Walk.

Meanwhile, the Newtownbutler Area Residents Association has called off a protest planned for this Sunday in County Fermanagh.

It said it would be there to observe how Orangemen complied with a Parades Commission determination which has placed restrictions on the march.

Return route

The association said it did not wish to disrupt business in Newtownbutler, or interfere with this weekend's Gaelic Athletic Association Ulster football final.

The parade is prohibited from proceeding on its notified return route between Galloon parish church and the Orange Hall in the town's Main Street.

Instead, it will disperse at the church at the conclusion of the service.

The Parades Commission is expected to announce its decision on later on Friday on an Orange Order parade in Londonderry on 12 July.

The order has applied to march in the Diamond area, but the nationalist Bogside residents group has lodged an objection.

Meanwhile, a nationalist residents group has criticised the commission over a decision to allow two Orange feeder parades on the Springfield Road area of west Belfast on 12 July.

The Springfield Road Residents Action Group said no restrictions have been put on the marches.

Upheld decision

Earlier, the Grand Master of the Orange Order, Robert Saulters, said the Order had been treated with contempt by the Parades Commission.

The Parades Commission have lost out on this opportunity by simply siding with one side of the community

David Jones

He was speaking after the commission decided to uphold its decision to ban this Sunday's Drumcree Orange Parade from marching down the Garvaghy Road in Portadown.

The Parades Commission announced the result of its review of the decision on Thursday, after meeting with unionist and nationalist politicians, residents' representatives and the Orange Order.

Portadown District spokesperson David Jones, said their proposals were dismissed by the commission even before they got off the ground.

'Direct dialogue'

However, Breandan Mac Cionnaith, of the Garvaghy Road Residents' Coalition, said the commission made the only decision it could have, and that direct dialogue was the only way forward.

Breandan MacCionnaith
Breandan Mac Cionnaith: "This was the only possible decision"

A crowd of several hundred loyalists, including a large contingent of children, marched to army lines at Drumcree Church in Portadown on Thursday evening.

They carried banners supporting the Shankill Road UFF (Ulster Freedom Fighters) and another banner stating "Lower Shankill Supports Portadown Orangemen".

Meanwhile, the commission has barred an Orange Order parade from walking along the mainly nationalist lower Ormeau Road on 12 July.

The district master for the Ballynafeigh Orange Lodge Noel Liggett has called into question the competency of the parades commission.

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