BLARNEY, BALONEY AND BOLLOCKS!

The Northern Irish are not averse to talking shit a mile a minute, not on either side of the sectarian divide. But the statement from a unionist representative which I have highlighted in the following news report takes their brazen-faced dissembling to a whole new, exalted level.

From THE IRISH TIMES:

The Orange Order has pledged that only hymns will be played outside a Catholic church along the route of a major Belfast parade later this month. But Sinn Féin has said the move does not go far enough, calling on marchers to meet nationalist residents from the area. The row comes after a loyalist band played offensive tunes outside St Patrick’s Church on Donegall Street, and others later defied restrictions passing the venue.

Now the Orange Order said it was making moves to ease the controversy. The Order said: “In a respectful and sincere effort to address what we heard and following further conversations with local districts, bands, community representatives, political leaders and locally elected representatives, the Ulster Covenant centenary parade on 29 September when passing St Patrick’s, which will be open; will play hymns. The return parade in the early evening will show similar respect.

The Orange Institution is committed to civil and religious liberty for all and developing a programme of mutual understanding that begins to rebuild Christian neighbourliness and a return to normality. All we seek is acceptance and respect for our traditions; we will not deny others what we ourselves desire.

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