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Orange Order attitudes will not surprise nationalists - McKay

22 November, 2011

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has stated that many of the narrow sectarian attitudes exposed by a survey of Orange Order members will not surprise nationalists.

Speaking following the publication of a book which examines the attitudes of a sample of 1,500 members of the Loyal Orders Mr McKay said:

“It is clear from these findings that the Loyal Orders are insular organisations who have failed to engage in any meaningful manner and challenge the perceptions held in this book. The narrow sectarian attitudes exposed in this survey will not surprise nationalists.

“Throughout the development of the Peace Process the Loyal Orders have failed to engage proactively on issues such as contentious parades and play an active and positive role in moving our society forward.

“Instead they have brought violence onto the streets at Drumcree, Ardoyne and elsewhere. Most recently there have been proceedings taken against members for attending PSNI constable Ronan Kerr’s funeral.

“We hear on an annual basis how the 12th of July and Orangefest are open to all yet this book clearly indicates that they are not when the majority of members of those involved in such events hold sectarian and narrow perceptions of the catholic community.” Crioch

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