Maiden City Festival

Dear Sir, I recently received, with my copy of the Belfast Telegraph, a brochure for the Maiden City Festival.  The organisers of this Festival are to be commended for their diligence in producing a wide and varied programme of such intellectual and artistic interest. I note that the Centre for British Studies are again presenting the W.F.Marshall Summer School offering

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Ulster Unionist Party & Orange Order

Dear Sir, Noel McAdam is not correct when he says (B.T. 22/7/04) that ‘Bangor District Orange leaders have voted to cut links with the UUP’. It is not within the competence of Bangor District Lodge, either to ‘cut links with the UUP’, or to send delegates to the UUC meetings. As your informed readers ought to know, the relationship is

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Orange Order & Parades Commission

Dear Sir, I read with interest the article by Michael McHugh (BT 4/5/04) concerning the Orange Orders relationship with the Parades Commission. Unless I am mistaken and in spite of the statements of the ‘spokeswoman’, your paper has, in recent years, carried numerous stories about Orange Lodges “engaging in direct dialogue” with the Parades Commission. Furthermore, everyone is aware that

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Orange Order & Discipline

Dear Sir, I have been reading with interest recent articles in relation to discipline, or rather lack of discipline, within the Orange Order. I am sure those who, like me, have been following this subject over the years have noted the contradiction in the two recent statements of the ‘spokeswoman’ for the Orange Order.  In March (B.T. 24/3/04), following the

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Orange Order & Discipline

Dear Sir, May I support the sentiments expressed by such a senior and respected Orangeman as Dr. Warren Porter. (BT 9/4/04) It is significant, given Dr. Porters standing within the Orange Order, that, he should acknowledge that proper discipline should have been exercised long ago. However given the comments by the Order’s spokeswoman it is unlikely that such discipline will

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