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Last Updated: Monday, 17 April 2006, 17:11 GMT 18:11 UK
Security low key as parades pass
Apprentice Boys parades took place across Northern Ireland
Apprentice Boys parades took place across Northern Ireland
Thousands of people have attended Apprentice Boys parades across Northern Ireland.

The largest was in Ballymena, County Antrim, on Monday in which as many as 5,000 people took part.

Earlier, in Belfast, there was low-key security as parades passed through contentious areas without incident.

At Ardoyne shops in north Belfast, about 100 nationalists held a protest. Parades Commission, Roger Poole, was present to monitor the situation.

"I thought it was a very dignified parade and a very dignified protest, that bodes well for the future," Mr Poole said.

"People are talking to us, I hope that we can get to a point where they are talking to one another as well. In all, it was a very good day."

The government-appointed Parades Commission was set up in 1997 to make decisions on whether controversial parades should be restricted.

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