Efforts to rebrand the Orange Order are doomed to failure

Opinion: North’s Protestant middle class has already abandoned the organisation Donald Clarke. Irish Times.  Friday, July 11, 2014. Here’s a question. Is the festival of stomping, shouting and sunburn currently being endured in parts of Ulster the only such patriotic celebration that doesn’t have a name? In Sydney they enjoy Australia Day. German Unity Day has been […]

Orange Order fanatics resemble KKK more than a cultural group

Patrick Roberts @irishcentral July 13,2014  Racism or “culture”? We have long been encouraged to accept and try to understand the Orangeculture and society as practiced by hundreds of thousands of Northern Ireland Protestants. Good faith efforts have been made to try and understand a culture that seemed to be based on “Croppie lie down” more than any other driving force. […]


“ In Glasgow this week Labour MP, Jim Murphy, said of the Orange Order, “Not for a moment would they be part of the Better Together campaign”, which is the largest unionist organisation designed to keep Scotland within the United Kingdom. As an “unsavoury” organisation, he said the Order would be unwelcome.” Patrick Murphy. Irish News ( Belfast). Saturday, July 12, 2014 […]

Gallows effigy of Adams a suspected hate crime

Irish News (belfast). Saturday, July 12, 2014 POLICE were investigating a suspected hate crime last night after an effigy of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was placed on a bonfire hanging from a gallows. The apparent representation of Mr Adams wearing a Celtic jersey appeared on a bonfire in the loyalist Ballycraigy estate in Antrim town. […]

First ever Minister for Diaspora appointed in Irish government reshuffle

Kate Hickey. Irish Central. July 11, 2014  Ireland’s first Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan.   Irish leader Enda Kenny has announced Ireland’s cabinet reshuffle and has named a minister of state for the Diaspora, the first time that has ever been done.   Former Minister for the Arts Jimmy Deenihan will now take on the role of […]

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