Belfast Telegraph

Orange Order chief Edward Stevenson is re-elected

Edward Stevenson has been re-elected as grand master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.

Members of the Order's grand lodge met in Eglinton, Co Londonderry, and decided that the Tyrone farmer (58) should remain at the helm of the institution.

The Ardstraw man succeeded Robert Saulters as grand master in January 2011. Mr Stevenson said it was a "great honour" to continue in his role.

He added: "It is deeply humbling, and I am extremely proud to once again receive the confidence of the membership of the institution. I look forward to fulfilling the role of grand master to the best of my ability in the months ahead.

"The past 12 months have undoubtedly been challenging for Orangeism and the traditions we hold dear."

In early 2014 work is due to get under way on new Orange interpretative centres in Belfast and Loughgall, Co Armagh.

Rev Alistair Smyth was re-elected as deputy grand master at the grand lodge meeting.

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