Orange Invitation

Dear Sir, It was one year ago that the Grand Master, Edward Stephenson speaking at Rossnowlagh  said: “I publicly invite the President of the Republic of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, to join us . . . next year”. I am sure that inquisitive people like myself would like to know the answer to three questions: Was there an official request

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Persistent bad behaviour undermines unionism and Orangeism

Irish Times 14th July 2015 Persistent bad behaviour undermines unionism and Orangeism Grand Orange Lodge has tried ‘every trick in the book’ to undermine Parades Commission   Believe it or not, this year marks the 20th anniversary of what has become known as “Drumcree”. It was the stopping of the return parade from morning prayer at Drumcree parish church on

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Repeating Mistakes of the Past

I am sure that many from the unionist community were, like myself, distraught to hear the call of the Grand Master, Edward Stephenson, yesterday to: “encourage Orange brethren and our supporters to demonstrate their displeasure at the current situation by holding peaceful and legal protests across Northern Ireland, at times and locations of their choosing, over the coming weeks.” Have the

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Ardoyne Panel

Dear Sir, I am somewhat confused by the “much ado about nothing’ in relation to the ‘Ardoyne Panel’. This Panel was announced by the Secretary of State in October 2014 to report in January 2015. No members of the Panel were appointed at that time. The November edition of the Orange Standard proclaimed that “Rank and file members of the

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Ardoyne/Twaddell ‘fiasco’ in Belfast ‘a repetition of the failed tactics of the past’

It was not just the IRA who murdered Protestants but also the UDA and the UVF, writes Brian Kennaway   The problems currently facing the Orange institution in Northern Ireland are nothing new. Indeed if anything it is a replay of the conflicts of the recent past like Drumcree. Unfortunately, for those, like me, from the Orange and unionist community, we have been very

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Unionist walkout over Parade decision

NORTHERN IRELAND 4 July 2014 Last updated at 11:40 Brian Kennaway calls unionist walkout ‘dereliction of duty’ Brian Kennaway said the walkout by unionists was “a dereliction of duty’ The walkout by unionists from talks on parades, flags and the past was a dereliction of duty, a former Orange Order chaplain and Parades Commission member has said. Unionists left the Stormont talks

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