Northern Ireland

Belfast residents talk with Apprentice Boys

Image caption There were protests at marches past the church this year

Residents in a nationalist area of north Belfast have held talks with the Apprentice Boys.

The Carrick Hill Concerned Residents Committee talked with members of the Protestant marching order in advance of a parade next month.

There was trouble over the summer over loyalist marches passing a nearby Catholic church on Donegall Street.

Frank Dempsey from the committee said it was an initial meeting during which both sides expressed their views.

The north Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly has welcomed the talks and has called for the Orange Order to also talk to the residents.

"What now also must be considered is that there are many Apprentice Boys who are also Orangemen," he said.

"So it would not necessarily be a huge leap for that organisation to move and engage directly with residents of those areas affected by contentious parades and I would urge the Orange Order to now initiate talks with residents."

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