Belfast Telegraph

Edward Stevenson re-elected as leader of Orange Order

By Staff Reporter

Edward Stevenson has been unanimously re-elected as the leader of the Orange Order in a vote in the Irish Republic.

Members of the Order's Grand Lodge met in Ballintra, Co Donegal, and decided the Tyrone farmer (60) should stay in charge.

The Ardstraw man has been Grand Master for almost five years, having succeeded Robert Saulters in January 2011.

Harold Henning was also re-elected as Deputy Grand Master, and Drew Nelson also retains his position as Grand Secretary.

Mr Stevenson said the job was a "tremendous privilege" and he would be honoured to lead the institution in marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Mr Stevenson added: "Parading legislation should be replaced with laws and regulations that are fair and unbiased towards all communities. With this in mind, we anticipate the findings of the independent review regarding parades on the Crumlin Road will be published early in the New Year."

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