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Orange Order and UUP exposed in anti-Catholic land grab

11 November, 2004

Commenting after the exposure of the involvement of the Orange Order in a property company aimed at preventing Catholics and nationalists purchasing homes or land across the six counties, Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew said:

" The Orange Order like to portray themselves as a religious and cultural organisation. This property scam is based on raw sectarian hatred. Its motivation is to prevent Catholics and nationalists purchasing homes or land. It gives a lie to the repeated claims that the Orange Order is a cultural marching organisation.

" The Orange Order is a sinister, anti-Catholic grouping with long standing links to the Ulster Unionist Party. Indeed UUP elected representatives have been proven to be involved in this operation. Property across the six counties and indeed into Donegal have been targeted by this company.

" Next summer when we hear the familiar lie from the unionists and the Orange Order about their cultural and religious objectives as they coat trail through Catholic areas, nationalists will remember well this very sinister Orange Order operation.

" I look forward to hearing comments on this operation from UUP leader David Trimble and the Orange Order Chief Robert Saulters." ENDS

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