1822: The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Marquis Wellesley banned an annual Orange ceremony at the statue of King William of Orange on College Green. The Orange Order created uproar in a Dublin theatre
1823 the Unlawful Oaths Bill banned all oath-bound societies in Ireland, including the Orange Order, which was dissolved and promptly reconstituted.
1825-45 a bill banning unlawful associations compelled the Orangemen once more to dissolve their association.
1850 The Party Processions Act was passed after the Dolly’s Brae fight (1849).
The Act was against people “in the practice of assembling and marching together in procession in Ireland in a manner calculated to create and perpetuate animosities between different classes of Her Majesty’s Subjects, and to endanger the public peace.”
Like other MPs Sir Robert Peel, Founder of the Police Force (Peelers).
thought the Act was needed to prevent Catholic and Protestant in-fighting. Interestingly another prominent policeman, Mr Terry Spence,
Police Federation Chairman, holds the same view in 2013.
1860: The Party Emblems Act was passed after further riots. The Act was “grudgingly” accepted by the Orangemen
William Johnston of Ballykilbeg led a radical Orangemen group in defiance of the act in the 1860s, It was repealed in 1872.
1935 Following riots in May and June
the Minister of Home Affairs banned all parades, including the 12 July Parade. The Master of the Grand Orange Lodge announced that the Government did not have any right to impose conditions on them
and that they would be marching on the Twelfth.
The ban was lifted. As the 12 July parade was marching homewards, serious clashes took place between Orangemen and Catholics.
Rioting continued until the end of August.
1986 Tom King,
then Secretary of State, banned the Apprentice Boys Easter Monday Parade.
His decision was received with anger and resentment from Loyalists, which they directed mostly towards the RUC.
Rioting broke out in Portadown and other parts of the North, police homes were attacked with petrol bombs, and 11 Catholic homes were petrol-bombed in Lisburn.
Despite the Secretary of State’s ruling, approximately 400 Apprentice Boys attempted to parade through the town centre of Portadown anyway.
The worst rioting was seen at Woodhouse street, the street which leads to Catholic Obins Street. Bricks and breeze blocks were stolen from a nearby building site, and used to attack police.
Approximately 3.000 Loyalists, led by Ian Paisley, assembled in protest at Garvaghy Road and police were attacked there also. Sporadic rioting continued for several days.
2013 Parade Commission bans return leg of Orange Parade
Orangemen and Loyalists riot for days
2013: Police Federation chairman Terry Spence called for all “contentious” parades to be temporarily banned in an effort to ease tension
Our lovely SOS
said the idea of calling a halt to all contentious parades for six months is not viable.
Hardly surprising, given the history of the Orange response to bans
Orangemen march on. . . . .