Everyone has the right to organise a parade

Dear Sir,  I read with some concern the article: “IRA victims’ families want dissident parade banned” (News 24 September) My concern is not about the substance of the article but with the loose use of language by your journalist Ralph Hewitt. Within the article he states that: “The Parades Commission have received an application for the march,” This is totally

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Mary Lou’s past hostility towards Orange Order Dublin parade shows true feelings on equality

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has said he would be happy to see an Orange Order parade in Dublin if they chose to do so. As one who was intimately involved in the organisation, and ultimate ‘postponement’ of the parade arranged in Dublin for 28 May 2000, may I comment on the latest conversation? The purpose of the proposed parade was

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The Dunloy Debacle

Rev Brian Kennaway: The fault lies not with the Parades Commission but with Dunloy Lodge.  May I take issue with the comments of the John Finlay, Worshipful Master of LOL 496 (‘Our dismay at the denial of our liberties in Dunloy’). Mr Finlay states: “I wish to place on record our disgust, anger and dismay that, yet again, we are

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Orange Order discontented

I note with some interest that the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland are to seek yet another meeting with the Secretary of State to “register yet again our discontentment with this unacceptable situation”. (February 29) Are the Grand Lodge offices totally ignorant of the wise advice previously given from two sources? The Parades Commission, who commented in their July 2013 determination:

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The Contribution of the Orange Order to Irish Society

Published on the ‘Political MindFields’ Blog Site By Rev Brian Kennaway 15/10/2015   When my book was reviewed in History Ireland (May/June 2006) the reviewer, Kevin Haddick-Flynn commented: “He seeks to convince us that the Order’s true values, enshrined in its ordinances and constitution, are compatible with tolerance and equality, and that a reformed Order, true to its history, would

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