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Historic Derry parades deal

The agreement reached with the Bogside Residents Group and the Orange Order in Derry will see the first Orange Parade pass through Derry City centre in 13 years.

The deal, struck under the auspices of the Derry City Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday 28 June, saw the Bogside Residents Group and the Orange Order come up with an agreement that will allow the 12th of July parade march through Derry City centre.

In previous years, the Orange Order has either switched venues or has been restricted to the Waterside area of the City on the 12th.

The talks were chaired by prominent Derry businessman Garvan O'Doherty and hosted by the city's Chamber of Commerce. They also involved church leaders and other leading business people.

Now, community and political leaders throughout the Six Counties are calling on the leaders of the Orange Order and other loyalist marching organisations to follow the Derry example and talk to their nationalist neighbours in a bid to ease marching season tensions.

In a statement issued after the meeting, the chamber of commerce said it had worked with, "all interested parties", to ensure the 12th of July events would "take place in an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding of the needs of all citizens and visitors".

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