OO demands meeting over US guns

Published Tuesday, 01 April 2014
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The Orange Order has demanded a meeting with the American Consulate in Belfast over its claims that the majority of weapons used to murder its members during the Troubles were from the US.

OO demands meeting over US guns
The Order has demanded a meeting with US officials in Belfast. (© Getty)

The Order said the Historical Enquiries Team, in a response to its request for information, has said that of the 266 weapons used in the killings of Orangemen, 149 could be traced back to the America.

The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland said it believes that American weapons were used in the killing of Orangemen at Tullyvallen Orange Hall in Co Armagh in September 1975.

The Order believes that most of the weaponry "probably arrived via republican sympathisers in the United States".

While others may have come from thefts at military installations, the Order said.

Grand Secretary Drew Nelson said he is now seeking a meeting with the American Consulate in Northern Ireland to discuss the "alarming revelations".

An Orange spokesman added: "This is a very serious matter and the United States owes it to the families of those murdered to investigate how a majority of the weapons used in the commission of murder of our members appear to have been from the USA."

In a statement, the US Consulate in Belfast said: "The US Consulate would be pleased to meet with representatives of the Orange Order to hear their concerns first-hand.

"We look forward to discussing with the Orange Order the broad range of issues facing the people of Northern Ireland, including ways to further advance peace and community relations.

"It would be inappropriate for us to make any public comment in advance of these discussions."

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16 Comments
martin in belfast wrote (111 days ago):
the US government didn't supply any weapons. if you read some of the posts on here youd think that the president himself sent them over.
Michael in Belfast wrote (111 days ago):
As people have said, why don't the falls community representitives sit down with the British consulate to discuss their supply of weapons to loyalists? Anyway the real point is, if I wanted a gun today, I'd still probably have a good chance of finding someone in America to send it over. It's a massive, english speaking country with the right of every citizen to own guns, it would be my first port of call anyway. Where do you think London gansters get their guns? Lots of places I'm sure but I know Americans will still be involved somewhere in the chain.
Mitch in Belfast outside the old abandoned consulate. wrote (112 days ago):
The US have an office in Belfast but it is unmanned. The phone diverts to the real US Consulate in Dublin where the moved to several years ago.
James in Derry, Ireland wrote (112 days ago):
America, a friend to Ireland. Britain, Americas lap dog. OO what a joke.
Mike in England wrote (112 days ago):
These people are laughed at by most. Cannot be taken seriously. Let the Americans have a good laugh. Keep digging the hole OO.
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