L’ORANGE ORDER SI APRE AL DIALOGO CON IL SINN FEIN
Verrà discussa sabato una variazione della politica delll’Orange Order che nega ogni dialogo con gruppi di residenti nazionalisti guidati dal Sinn Fein
Mervin Bishop, Grand Secretary dell’Imperial Lodge, ha dichiarato che in occasione della riunione di sabato del Grand Orange Lodge, verrà riesaminata la politica di divieto di incontrare gruppi di residenti nazionalisti guidati dal Sinn Fein, così come di scendere a patti con la Parades Commission.
L’Orange Order detiene quattro riunioni trimestrali ogni anno, nonché un meeting speciale del Grand Orange Lodge Ireland in marzo, per discutere delle parate.
Le dichiarazioni di Bishop seguono l’incontro di ufficiali del Grand Lodge con i tre membri del DUP appartenenti al gruppo di lavoro che sta discutendo della risoluzione della controversia sulle parate, come stabilito dall’Hillsborough Castle Agreement.
Una via di uscita da queste controversie, potrebbe essere l’adozione del modello attuato a Derry, dove i tre ordini lealisti Orange Order, Black Preceptory e Apprentice Boys hanno raggiunto un accordo con il Bogside Residents’ Group e le attività commerciali locali.
In questo caso i colloqui hanno permesso la continuazione delle parate, senza sfociare in scene di violenza come negli anni passati.
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The Orange Order is to re-examine its ban on meeting with residents’ groups containing Sinn Fein representatives.
The current policy of the Order is not to engage with the Parades Commission or go into talks with Sinn Fein-led residents’ groups.
The Order has previously refused to meet with nationalist residents’ groups which are fronted by Sinn Fein members to seek accommodation over disputed parades.
But Grand Secretary of the Imperial Lodge Mervyn Bishop said the policy will be discussed at a special meeting on Saturday, along with attempts to seek unity between the unionist parties.
The Orange Order holds four quarterly meetings each year as well as a special Grand Orange Lodge Ireland meeting in March to discuss parading.
Speaking to a dinner held by the Grand Lodge of Research last Saturday evening, Mr Bishop said the issue of the order speaking directly to Sinn Fein would be discussed by of members of the Grand Orange Lodge on Saturday.
He also said unionist unity was needed between the parties going forward.
Mr Bishop was speaking after Grand Lodge officers had met with the three DUP members of the new parading working group to be updated on progress.
The Orange Order faciliated a meeting between DUP and Ulster Unionist leaders last November in an attempt to secure an agreed unionist candidate in the South Belfast and Fermanagh South Tyrone constituencies.
In Londonderry, the three loyal orders – Orange Order, Black Preceptory and the Apprentice Boys – reached accommodation after holding talks with the Bogside Residents’ Group and the local business community.
The talks allowed them to continue their parades without the scenes of violent protest from residents which had marred loyal events previously.
This Londonderry model has been touted as the way forward but has met opposition through the Orange Order policy of not talking to residents groups which include members of Sinn Fein.