Northern Ireland

Glyn Roberts not joining Parades Commission

Orange parade
Image caption The Parades Commission was established in 1997 to issue determinations on proposed parades, and to resolve disagreements between political parties concerning parades.

A member of the Parades Commission has declined to take up the post - just 10 days after being appointed.

Glyn Roberts was one of five new commission members appointed by Secretary of State Theresa Villiers earlier this month.

The body was established in 1997 to issue determinations on controversial parades.

Mr Roberts said he had declined membership of the commission for logistical reasons.

He said that on closer inspection, it was apparent that the time needed to fulfil his duties would affect his ability to do his "day job" and his work with the NIIRTA (Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association) had to be his priority.

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