North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly said tonight that residents in Ardoyne called on the Orange Order to accept the determination of the Parades Commission on this week’s 12July parade.
Gerry Kelly was speaking after a well-attended public meeting in Ardoyne organised by the Crumlin Ardoyne Residents’ Association.
Gerry Kelly said:
“There was a large crowd at tonight’s meeting organised by CARA.
“Residents welcomed the decision of the Parades Commission to restrict the Orange Order parade from returning along a section of the Crumlin Road past Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales.
“There was strong support for CARA’s initiative to call off its protest on the morning of July 12th to help ease tensions.
“I appealed to residents to remain calm over coming days despite threats by the Orange Order and unionism against the political institutions and to resist all provocations.
“I will continue to work closely over the days ahead with political representatives, community leaders, the police and residents to ensure that this year’s marching season passes off peacefully.”