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Orangeman loses High Court action on march

(Irish News)

A leading Orangeman lost a High Court action yesterday (Wednesday) over restrictions on an Easter Sunday march in the Co Antrim village of Dunloy three years ago.

Mr Justice Weatherup dismissed the application for judicial review brought by former Irish rugby international David Tweed, Worshipful Master of Dunloy LOL 496.

The judge held that the Parades Commission had not acted in a disproportionate manner and rejected a contention that its failure to give reasons for its ruling amount-ed to procedural unfairness.

The case began in 2004 when Mr Tweed obtained a court order for discovery of documents on which the commission based its decision to ban the lodge from walking 500 yards from their Orange Hall to a Presbyterian church for a religious service and back again.

That ruling was overturned in the Court of Appeal but the House of Lords later ruled that the documents should be disclosed to the trial judge.

During the various hearings it was disclosed that the commission had taken account of reports on community relations in Dunloy which had been compiled by police and other sources.

Lawyers for Mr Tweed had argued that if the reports had been made available at the outset then he and lodge members could have presented a proportional analysis to try to persuade the commission that public disorder would not arise and their restrictions were unnecessary.

A spokesman for Mr Tweed's solicitors described the outcome as disappointing and said their position regarding an appeal would be considered.

September 14, 2007
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This article appeared first in the September 13, 2007 edition of the Irish News.


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