Twelfth elicits familiar feeling of trepidation

Identity politics only distracts from a lack of economic and social progress, writes Peter Geoghegan.

6th July, 2013
The annual Whiterock Orange Order parade passed off peacefully, despite fears of violence in west Belfast last month. Photo: Press Eye

Last Monday night, several thousand Orangemen marched through east Belfast to commemorate the World War I Battle of the Somme. The walk's route took marchers close to the interface with the nationalist Short Strand, but the parade passed off without any serious incident.

Not all Orange marches in Belfast this summer have been so peaceful. Last month, footage of Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly clinging to the bonnet of a PSNI Land Rover during a protest...

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