Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 31 May 2016

Furore over Orange Order comparison to Ku Klux Klan by Sinn Fein candidate

By Claire Williamson

Published 21/03/2016

The offending tweet by Sinn Fein’s Dermot Kennedy
The offending tweet by Sinn Fein’s Dermot Kennedy
Dermot Kennedy

A Sinn Fein election candidate has sparked fury after he compared Orangemen to the Ku Klux Klan, asking people to "spot the difference".

Dermot Kennedy, who is standing in the Strangford constituency, caused an uproar on Twitter when he posted a picture of an Orange Order parade below a photo of the US supremacist group the KKK.

He invited his 5,000-plus followers to "spot the difference", asking for "answers on a tweet please".

The post quickly generated a furious online response, some of which the Sinn Fein candidate re-tweeted on his account.

There were calls for Sinn Fein to take action and discipline the veteran member.

DUP MLA Nelson McCausland branded it "thoroughly sectarian and offensive".

He said: "Dermot Kennedy has been a member of Sinn Fein for almost 40 years and is an experienced politician as well as a businessman.

"When he contested the same seat at the 2003 Assembly election he said that he was 'keen to reach out and to work alongside unionists and fellow nationalists within Strangford to build relationships across the community'. That was what he said in public but we now know what he really thinks about us.

"On this occasion his mask has slipped and we see the sectarianism and bigotry that permeate his party."

Mr McCausland added: "Dermot Kennedy is not the first prominent member of Sinn Fein to make such a remark. In October 2000 Sinn Fein MLA Dr Dara O'Hagan compared the Orange Order to the KKK on the floor of the Assembly.

Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road
Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Glasgow County Lodge members(L-R) Mark Kirkland, Eddie McGonnell, Kirsty Gardner and Gina McNee pose for a selfie as the parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Elle Knowles(4) with her cousin Phoebe(2) watch the parade on Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Norma Moore, Jodie Moore(8) and Thomasena Hunt wait for the parade on Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way into the field. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Andrew Thompson with his two-year-old son Seth from Rosetta. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Conor Boyd waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Zac Jamison(3) and Marcus Toan(7) wait for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Brothers Roman(3&left) and Reuben McKinney(2) from Templepatrick play the drums as they want for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Marcus Toan waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Chelsea Pensioner Sam Cameron and seven-year-old Conor Boyd wait for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Blue Ribbon band from Belfast pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Gerald Rutherford pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Bands pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Blue Ribbon band from Belfast pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Nathan Anderson, Andrew Charles and Gordon Lucy from Belfast pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Karen Charles,Shaz Kelly and June Withers pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today James Smyth, Joey Sinclaire, Danniell White and Curtis Whte (Front) of Dunmurry Protastant Boys at field in Derriaghy Field
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Lisburn District LOL No 6 Colourparty with Jeffery Donaldson
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Hillsborough District Colour Party pass Seymore Hill on their way to the field at Dunnmurry
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Members of Harry Ferguson Memorial Pipe band warm up before departing for Dunmurry
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Sisters Amy and Katie Cairns from Lisburn add a bit of colour to todays parade at Seymore Hill
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today A young band leader shows his skills
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Lisburn District LOL No 6 with Jeffery Donaldson arrive at Field in Dunmurry
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Young Piper and Drummer of Harry Ferguson Memorial band warm up in Derriaghy
Dorothy Crawford with son Taylor (7) taking a 'Twelfthie' in Lawrencetown : Pic Dorothy Crawford
Pictured are Freddie and Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
Pictured are Freddie and Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Jennifer and Penni McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured are Pride of Ballinran's Clare Glenny with Sarah McConnell,Sophie Annett,Megan Holmes,Laura Glenny and Lindsay Norris with Darcy Campbell. Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Lewis Martin from Ballyvea band at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
Crowds enjoying The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Fluteing away for Fife and Drum at Coleraine Twelfth. PIC: MARK JAMIESON.
Ballywillan Flute smartly turned out at Coleriane Twelfth. Pic: MARK JAMIESON.
Recording the Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Orange Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Young Bands men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Bands men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Bands men walk threw a puddle during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands men walk threw a puddle during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands men walk threw a puddle during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Orangefest -pictured is the Orange order parade as it makes its way through the City Centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Belfast - Orangefest Pictured is the Orange order parade as it makes its way through the City Centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Belfast - Orangefest Pictured is the Orange order parade as it makes its way through the City Centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Siblings Madison and Carson McAllister during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Siblings Madison and Carson McAllister during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Two year old Kyle Smith will follow lodges and bands as they leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 - William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

"This is a particularly nasty element of the Sinn Fein narrative but it surfaces from time to time and is part of the Sinn Fein strategy of demonising Orangemen.

"So now it's over to the leadership of Sinn Fein. What do they make of Dermot Kennedy's tweet and what are they going to do about it?"

Responding to the complaints, Mr Kennedy removed the tweet and branded it "unhelpful in building good relationships".

He said: "I have removed the tweet and accept it is unhelpful in building good relationships.

"The Orange Order could greatly assist in dispelling what it sees as misperceptions of its structures and ideals by engaging with nationalist/republican representatives and communities on the basis of equality and mutual respect."

On his Twitter page, Mr Kennedy describes the forthcoming Assembly elections as the "NorthIrish assembly election".

Mr Kennedy's post is embarrassing for Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who has made strenuous efforts to build bridges with the Orange Order in recent times. At the beginning of the year he said he would consider attending the Twelfth of July celebrations - if an invite was extended by the Orange Order.

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