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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 06:45 GMT 07:45 UK
Junior lodges will hold parades
Roger Poole
Roger Poole is hopeful marches will pass peacefully
Junior Orange lodges are to hold their annual parades in Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

Thousands of people attended Apprentice Boys parades across Northern Ireland on Monday which were monitored by the Parades Commission.

Roger Poole of the commission said he is hopeful they have set the tone for the season.

"We had some good parades yesterday and I hope today all the parades will go off well," Mr Poole said.

"If these parades go off well then that encourages people to get into dialogue with one another and that's the way to resolve these parades."

The largest of Monday's parades was in Ballymena, County Antrim in which as many as 5,000 people took part.

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

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

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

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