Belfast Telegraph

Allister hails Orange Order on Language Act stance

By Mark Edwards

The Orange Order has been commended for not allowing itself to be used as a "bargaining chip" to get a deal done on the Irish language act.

A breakthrough on restoring the power-sharing Executive is believed to be close, but the Orange Order's grand secretary Rev Mervyn Gibson has reiterated its opposition to an Irish Language Act as the price for a return to Stormont.

TUV MLA Jim Allister said: "Once more the Orange Order has made a timely contribution against any temptation by the DUP to secure power with Sinn Fein at the price of conceding legislative advances for the Irish language."

Speaking to The News Letter, Rev Gibson said: "The Orange Order would not allow itself to be a bargaining chip in any talks with regards to the Irish language or indeed other matters.

"There is, and always has been, a discrepancy in the funding that goes into unionist communities with regards to culture and that needs addressed, and we hope that whatever party is in power will deliver that."

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