Orangemen want ‘warm house’, not a blazing one…

THOSE who doubt that there’s some kind of campaign of sectarian destruction against Orange halls might like to consider that, according to the Order, one in four Orange halls in the Portadown district have been attacked in the last six months. Over the new year, a number of attacks provoked a flurry of headlines. Understandably, feelings seem to be running high in the Order, particularly when the police have zero interest in the problem – which exactly mirrors their conviction rate – and there are difficulties getting compensation after arson attacks. If allowed to fester, some feel it’s inevitable that Orange sympathisers will take the law into their own hands or retaliate in kind.

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