Thursday 27 July 2017

Arlene on parade as seaside village turns orange in the sun

March: Donegal Orangeman David Perry of Killaghter Lodge with his 10-month-old son Jacob on parade in Rossnowlagh yesterday Photo: Trevor McBride
March: Donegal Orangeman David Perry of Killaghter Lodge with his 10-month-old son Jacob on parade in Rossnowlagh yesterday Photo: Trevor McBride
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Arlene Foster joined a sun-splashed 10,000-strong crowd at the Republic's only annual Orange parade yesterday.

The DUP leader was accompanied discreetly by Special Branch officers as 50 Orange bands from the North and the border area paraded in the seaside village of Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal.

It was a day away from the North's power-sharing negotiations with Sinn Fein and from her DUP propping up the British government.

She was in time to hear some of her own views on stalled talks with Sinn Fein reflected in the main speech. Stuart Brooker, Assistant Grand Master of the Orange Lodge of Ireland, spoke of reaching out to the wider community, and particularly nationalists. He said: "We have done so in a spirit of openness and goodwill."

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