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McKay challenges Orange Order cultural myth

24 May, 2010 - by Daithí McKay


Responding to weekend calls from the Orange Order leader Robert Saulters for a single unionist party, Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Antrim Daithí McKay today said that time and again the Orange Order let the mask slip and he called on the Order to end the pretence of them being a cultural body.

Mr McKay said:

“Time and again Orange Order spokespeople try to spin the yarn that the Order is little more than a cultural body. Yet time and again the Orange Order leadership engage openly in the political arena. Whether it is organising opposition to the papal visit to England, or organising electoral pacts in Fermanagh and South Tyrone the pretence of being a cultural organisation is continually exposed not by nationalists but by the Orange Order itself.

“It is time the Orange Order got real. It is time to stop pretending and stop playing the cultural card when it comes to seeking to march through nationalist communities where they are not wanted. The latest intervention this weekend by the Grand Master calling for a single unionist party comes just as the marching season is getting underway.

“It is in many ways a timely reminder of the real Orange Order agenda. This is about domination and about the denial of rights. No amount of spin from the Orange Order or their political allies in the coming weeks and months will be able to mask the political agenda which drives Orangeism.” ENDS

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