TUV anger at McGuinness linking Orange Order to UVF fails to make floor of Assembly

TUV leader Jim Allister
TUV leader Jim Allister

TUV leader Jim Allister has failed in a bid to have recent comments made by Martin McGuinness about the Orange Order raised in the Assembly.

His oral question, which required the permission of the Speaker to be tabled, would have highlighted the claimed “threat now posed to Orange Halls and personnel by McGuinness equating the Orange Order to the UVF”.

Although yesterday’s request was refused, the TUV question posed to Justice Minister David Ford – asking for his “assessment of the threat to Orange Halls and personnel” - has been resubmitted as a written Assembly question which is expected to be answered by the end of the week.

Mr Allister said he was “disappointed” at the decision, and added: “The hate filled and pernicious alignment by McGuinness of the Orange Order with the UVF sets up Orange Halls, parades and personnel for further republican attack and should be allowed to be raised in the chamber.

“Surely, even this justice minister, who has been silent on this incitement, should have something to say about the matter.”