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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Northern Ireland must learn to live within means

I NOTED with some interest the headline (July 2), “Northern Ireland politicians as bad as the Greeks, says Theresa Villiers”. While the Secretary of State does not mention Greece in her excellent article, however “parts of Europe” is a clear reference to the present state of affairs in that country. There are obvious parallels between Greece and Northern Ireland. Both

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RECONCILIATION?

UNCONFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS RECONCILIATION? We need to hear genuine words of ‘abject and true remorse’ demonstrated in action.  In every society there is a need for uncomfortable conversations. Sometimes this need is ignored – like the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’. The issues, however, do not go away by being ignored. Others seek to address the discordant issues by ‘constructive ambiguity’, which

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George Best – Role model?

Is he the Best role model for Order? Reading the article “Famous Red Devil who once wore orange – Football legend Best’s collarette to go on show at Orders new museum” by Nevin Farrell (BT 22 June) left me disturbed on two accounts: Firstly, is George Best, who was well known for much more than his football skills, really the

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The Ulster Banner

Understandable how flag error could be made. Although I did not see the programme to which “Northern Ireland Nationalist” makes reference ( Writeback 1 April), I wish to support his view. The “Ulster Banner” as it is sometimes called, is the flag of the “Executive Committee of the Privy Council of Northern Ireland”, was used from 1953 to 1972 by

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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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