The seat of Northern Ireland’s government is now officially home to an Orange lodge.
A number of MLAs who are members of the institution have come together to establish Stormont LOL 2015 at Parliament Buildings.
It is officially known as a “lodge of limited purposes”. This is a lodge set up for a specified purpose (in this case, to allow MLAs a place to gather for Orange business) and to join, members must already belong to an existing private lodge.
There were 14 at its initial meeting on Monday, but it is open to all Orange MLAs.
A similar kind of lodge already exists at Parliament in Westminster.
At the initial meeting, William Humphrey MLA was elected Worshipful Master of the new lodge, with Leslie Cree MLA proposed as deputy. Also elected were Danny Kennedy MLA, chaplain; Nelson McCausland MLA, deputy chaplain; Stephen Moutray MLA, secretary, and Robin Swann MLA, treasurer.
Mr Humphrey said: “I would thank my Assembly colleagues for placing their trust and confidence in me by electing me as Worshipful Master.
“I would also congratulate my colleagues who have been elected to their respective offices and wish them well in their term of office.”
Deputy Master Leslie Cree added: “It is fantastic that an Orange lodge will now meet on a regular basis at Stormont, mirroring that which is already in existence at Westminster.
“I look forward to assuming my role and working alongside colleagues to promote the Orange fraternity at Parliament Buildings.”