05 August 2005

Apprentice Boys parade is banned

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The Apprentice Boys march was due to take place next weekend

The Apprentice Boys have been told that their march through a flashpoint area of north Belfast has been banned.

The Parades Commission said a parade through Ardoyne would have "an adverse effect on fragile community relations".

The commission said there was potential for public disorder if the parade took place at Ardoyne shops next week.

Apprentice Boys spokesman Tommy Cheevers said the decision was a direct consequence of nationalist rioting at an Orange march in Ardoyne on 12 July.

He said he was "totally gutted" by the decision.

Sinn Fein assembly member Cathy Stanton said banning the parade was the "only logical decision".

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

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