Orange Order presents report to UK and Irish governments

There are demonstrations at 19 different venues around the Province on Wednesday
There are demonstrations at 19 different venues around the Province on Wednesday

The Orange Order’s Co Fermanagh Grand Lodge said that it has presented copies of a report into the belief and values of its members to representatives of the UK and Irish governments.

The report, which contains the results of a survey of more than 600 Fermanagh Orangemen, was given to the Secretary of State Theresa Villiers and to Charlie Flanagan TD, the Republic’s foreign minister.

The report is essentially a rebranded version of one which was released last April.

Among the findings are that significant majorities of those surveyed believe too few people know about Orange history and culture – including the Order’s own members.

It also finds that while good community relations are perceived as very important, only a little over half – 51.4 per cent – felt the institution was doing enough in the county to promote this objective.

Mr Flanagan said he would “commend and congratulate all involved in Fermanagh for leading by example and working to build greater trust and respect across all strands of the community”.