Orange Order Lodge alcohol licence request for celebration 'flies in the face of all organisation stands for'
The Orange Order has been criticised after making a request for an alcohol licence for a celebration event next year.
The Ballyclare Orange Lodge, as part of its 125 year anniversary, requested permission to sell alcohol at a dinner in Ballyclare Town Hall next November.
At Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council's Operations Committee, TUV councillor David Hollis spoke of his disapproval at the proposal claiming that it "flies in the face of all Orangeism stands for".
Mr Hollis said: "Here we have a Young Temperance True Blues wanting to sell alcohol.
"It flies in the face of all that temperance and Orangeism stands for as far as I can read and I think to have fallen down that far, they have fell a mighty fall.”
In response in the council chamber, Orange Order member Councillor Thomas Hogg said: “I don’t want to insult the councillor’s intelligence, but I hope you could distinguish between temperance and total abstinence.
“I’m sure the members of the lodge will be interested to hear the TUV member’s remarks.”
The recommendation was proposed by the DUP representative to grant the alcohol license.
It was seconded by party colleague Alderman John Smyth.
A Grand Lodge spokesman said the request was a matter for the individual lodge concerned.