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The issue of parades and marches is one which has, since 1995, risen to the top of the political agenda. Information on this topic is contained in the following subsections:

  • summary

  • selected reading list

  • background

  • chronology

  • areas of contention

  • developments at Drumcree, 1995-2000

  • Haass Panel on Parades and Protests; etc., (Chairman: Dr Richard Haass; 2013)
    • Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMdFM). (2013). Terms of Reference for the Panel of Parties in the NI Executive on Parades and Protests; Flags, Symbols and Emblems and Related Matters; and the Past, (Haass Panel), (16 August 2013), [PDF; KB]. Belfast: OFMdFM.

  • Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) Proposal
    • Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) (2010). Public Assemblies, Parades and Protests in Northern Ireland: A Consultation Paper Published by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, (20 April 2010), [PDF; 635KB]. Belfast: OFMDFM.

  • Strategic Review of Parades
    • Strategic Review of Parading (SRP). (2008). Strategic Review of Parading in Northern Ireland, Interim Consultative Report, (29 April 2008), [PDF; 2216KB]. Belfast: Strategic Review of Parading Body.
    • Strategic Review of Parading (SRP). (2008). Strategic Review of Parading in Northern Ireland, Views of Key Stakeholders, (29 April 2008), [PDF; 1838KB]. Belfast: Strategic Review of Parading Body.
    • Lower Ormeau Concerned Community and Garvaghy Road Residents Coalition. (2008). 'Unhelpful' report will politicise marching, Platform article, Irish News, (29 April 2008), [PDF; 1469KB]. Belfast: Irish News.

  • books, reports, and articles:
    • Bryan, Dominic. (2000) 'Drumcree: An Introduction to Parade Disputes', in, Orange Parades: The Politics of Ritual, Tradition and Control. London: Pluto Press.
    • Democratic Dialogue. (1998) Politics in Public - Freedom of Assembly and the Right to Protest. Belfast: Democratic Dialogue.
    • Devenport, Mark. (2000), 'Groundhog Day and Groundhog Day Again', (chapters 27 and 28) in, FLASH FRAMES: twelve years reporting Belfast. Belfast: The Blackstaff Press.
    • Great Britain. Parliament. (2005) The Public Processions (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005, (Draft Order in Council), (22 February 2005), [PDF; 114KB]. London: The Stationery Office (TSO).
    • Hamilton, Michael., Jarman, Neil., and Bryan, Dominic. (2001). Parades, Protests and Policing: A Human Rights Framework, (March 2001), [PDF; 400KB]. Belfast: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.
    • House of Commons. Northern Ireland Affairs Committee. (2005) The Parades Commission and Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998, Volume I, Report, together with formal minutes, (11 January 2005), (HC 172-I), [PDF; 237KB]. London: The Stationery Office Limited.
    • House of Commons. Northern Ireland Affairs Committee. (2005) The Parades Commission and Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998, Volume II, Oral and written evidence, (11 January 2005), (HC 172-II), [PDF; 1336KB]. London: The Stationery Office Limited.
    • Jarman, Neil. (1997) 'The Endless Parade', in, Material Conflicts: Parades and Visual Displays in Northern Ireland. Oxford: Berg Publishers.
    • Kelly, Grainne. (ed.) Mediation in Practice: A Report of the Art of Mediation Project. Londonderry: INCORE.
    • McKay, Susan. (2000) 'Portadown: Bitter Harvest', in, Northern Protestants: An Unsettled People. Belfast: Blackstaff Press.
    • Quigley, George. (2002) Review of the Parades Commission, (27 September 2002), [PDF, 969KB]. Belfast: Northern Ireland Office (NIO).
    • Savaric, Michel. (1998) 'Conflicting Symbols, Symbols of Conflict and Symbolical Conflict - The Drumcree crises'. CAIN: <http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/issues/parade/savaric98.htm>
    • the Independent Review of Parades and Marches in Northern Ireland - The North Review

  • official statistics

  • list of source material


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