Parading: An Ulster-Scots solution? | TheDetail.tvRADICAL proposals to see parades in Northern Ireland managed within the same tough framework used in Scotland have emerged as politicians seek to avoid yet another violent marching season.
The Detail understands that early discussions have also raised the possible creation of an `interim parades commission’ – overhauling the existing body to secure the backing of Stormont parties, if they agree to negotiate a permanent solution.
But while talks continue behind the scenes, Sinn Féin has said that if Orangemen continue to refuse to talk to nationalist residents groups, then the so-called `Scottish model’ should be considered.
All this comes against the background of figures showing that Loyal Orders hold around 2,500 parades each year in Northern Ireland, with only 5% facing any restriction.
But as The Detail also reported, this has not dampened loyalist anger.
However, in an era when Ulster-Scots cultural links are high on the agenda, the Loyal Orders may look with concern at how marches are handled in Glasgow.
Republican marches dropped from 27 parades to 20 per year.
Significantly, police costs for the main Orange Order parade in July in Glasgow dropped from £582,467 in 2009 to £328,092 in 2011 – a saving of over £250,000, or 44%.
Arrests at the July parade fell from 55 in 2009 to 32 in 2011, while Fixed Penalty Notices issued by police in Glasgow for offences such as drinking in public places dropped from 271 in 2009 to 152 in 2011
Less marches, less police costs,less public nuisance, Great
where do we sign up.