Orange Order meet Secretary of State

Published Tuesday, 13 August 2013
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An Orange Order delegation has told the NI Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers that they are prepared to work with a new adjudication body if the Parades Commission is disbanded.

Orange Order meet Secretary of State
The Orange Order delegation at Stormont on Tuesday. (© Pacemaker)

The delegation, which included the Grand Master Edward Stevenson, met on Tuesday morning at the Stormont Estate.

Drew Nelson, the Order's Grand Secretary of Ireland, told UTV that they had "a full and frank exchange of views."

He said that Ms Villiers was told they would engage willingly in the forthcoming Haas negotiations.

"We talked to her about the situation in Belfast, we talked about the hidden part of the Twelfth, the story that hasn't been told - about the police failure to protect some of the parades," he claimed.

"We talked about the continuing crisis where the Lignoniel lodges have still not got finishing their parades - and we also mentioned Drumcree where there is still an outstanding matter."

Mr Nelson said the Order was seeking a better regulatory system that will dispense for the need for a Parades Commission.

He added that the Order wanted a new body formed which would be "fairer " and create a level playing field which they feel they would be able to engage with.

© UTV News
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43 Comments
Sean in Derry wrote (433 days ago):
THE ORANGE ORDER THE POLITICAL WING OF THE UVF/UDA AND THE CULTURAL WING OF THE DUP/UUP (PERCEPTION NOT FACT BEFORE PUL RANTERS COME FLAPPING THEIR GUMS)
Frosty in Here wrote (433 days ago):
Who are these people and why are they so important? How can I remember 1690 when I wasn't there? Were they? Were they at the Somme too? Obviously not, or they'd have been slaughtered too. Societies within societies, that excludes other members of the community. Religion should have no sway on politics, politics is of the people, by the people and for the people, or at least it should be, whereas religion is a figment of the imagination used to invoke mass hysteria.
Gerard K in Belfast wrote (433 days ago):
I noted in one of today's newspapers that the Rev Mervyn Gibson proclaimed after the meeting that it was good to talk and that talking has to be done etc..........why can't he talk to the residents????
Veritas in Belfast wrote (433 days ago):
James Bond in Belfast, you must have an IQ of 007 to post a comment like that. Change the record because this "chipping away" is all a figment of your imagination.
Ulysses32 in Belfast wrote (433 days ago):
The only chips around here, James Bond, are the big greasy fat ones you and your flegger mates carry about on your shoulders. For God and Ulster? You act for neither......
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