The Orange Order’s grand master has consistently refused to enter into negotiations with nationalist residents’ groups over contentious loyalist parades. Saulters has argued that the groups are a “front for terrorism’‘. Saulters said he was unaware of the presence of loyalist paramilitaries at the Larne event and refused to comment further. The leaflet campaign illustrates the crisis of confidence within unionism over anticipated political advances in the North following the IRA’s July statement abandoning its armed campaign.
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