BY Peter Diamond | May 31 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print

5 - walk

Court rejects Orange marchers’ appeal to parade past Catholic church

A court has upheld Glasgow City Council’s decision to re-route an Orange walk that was set to pass a Catholic church in Glasgow.

Four organisations – Bridgeton Orange and Purple District 37, Dalmarnock Orange and Purple District 50, Dalmarnock No Surrender Branch Club and the Apprentice Boys of Derry(Bridgeton) – had taken the council to court after a planned march past St Alphonsus in the East End on Saturday and Sunday was re-routed.

The parish priest at St Alphonsus, Canon Tom White, was attacked last year as an Orange march went past his church, and earlier this month parishioners were abused as ‘fenian b******s’ as another marched by.

Parishioners and campaign group Call it Out have been protesting against Orange walks past Catholic churches for a number of months.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court on May 31, the local authority’s decision was upheld, with the sheriff ruling that the council has a statutory right to re-route parades and its decision was legal and proportionate.

The Orange marchers had appealed under section 6 of the Human Rights Act (1998).

Call it Out welcomed the decision, stating:”Thank you to all of you who have supported us – this is progress!”

A spokesperson for the council said: “We note the Sheriff’s comment that the council’s actions have been lawful, necessary and proportionate and will take the time to consider his full judgement once it is available.”

Glasgow City Council’s processions committee is also due to meet on Monday to consider rerouting a march planned for next weekend.

Leave a Reply

latest news

Archbishop calls on government to act as prison population soars

December 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh has called on...

Plans for new catechism on nuclear weapons welcomed by Justice and Peace Scotland

December 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Justice and Peace Scotland has welcomed Pope Francis' announcement that...

Food for thought at St Margaret Mary’s Prayer Breakfast

December 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pupils, staff and guests were educated on the Turin Shroud...

Persecution ‘more widespread than many would think,’ says immigration lawyer

December 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A Scottish immigration lawyer who defends persecuted Christians has said...

Social media

Latest edition


exclusively in the paper

  • Scots bishops to sed representative to child migrant study
  • Archbishop Tartaglia: Let the peace of Advent soothe your anxieties
  • Church leaders join together in Glasgow and Edinburgh to bless Nativity cribs
  • A double take on The Two Popes movie
  • Tales of poverty ring true 200 years apart, writes Richard Purden

Previous editions

Previous editions of the Scottish Catholic Observer newspaper are only available to subscribed Members. To download previous editions of the paper, please subscribe.

note: registered members only.

Read the SCO