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Stevenson is re-elected as Orange chief

The Order's Grand Lodge met in Banbridge Orange Hall and decided the Co Tyrone man should continue at the helm
The Order's Grand Lodge met in Banbridge Orange Hall and decided the Co Tyrone man should continue at the helm

By Staff Reporter

Edward Stevenson has again been unanimously re-elected as the Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.

The Order's Grand Lodge met in Banbridge Orange Hall and decided the Co Tyrone man should continue at the helm.

Mr Stevenson, who has held the post for almost nine years, described his re-election as a "tremendous privilege".

"To receive the confidence of the membership is a humbling experience but also a tremendous privilege," he said.

The Grand Lodge also urged members to vote in the upcoming General Election.

"This election is about sending a message that any border through the UK is unacceptable," a spokesman said.

Also discussed was the need to restore Stormont and oppose an Irish Language Act.

Mr Stevenson said: "While there is a need to see accountable government, Republicanism cannot and must not be rewarded for intransigence."

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