Ardoyne parade mediators unable to broker deal

Burning car There has been serious rioting in Ardoyne during the Twelfth in recent years.

A group trying to resolve the dispute over contentious parades in north Belfast say they have not been able to broker a deal, so are ending discussions for a while.

The row over an Orange feeder parade that makes its way past the Ardoyne shops has in recent years led to serious disturbances on the 12th July.

Three mediators, former Stormont Speaker Lord Alderdice and clergymen, Rev Norman Hamilton and Fr Gary Donegan have been exploring the scope for a peaceful solution.

In a statement the mediators claim to have made significant progress and to have considered imaginative and positive proposals.

However they admit that no agreement has been reached, and say they are ending their discussions for the time being as a ruling from the Parades Commission is now imminent.

The mediators say they hope the local communities find ways of ensuring the next few weeks pass off peacefully.

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