posted on Jul, 20 2007 @ 05:27 AM
The Orange Order has always stated in the past that they have no connections with any Loyalist paramilitaries. They have also claimed that any
criminal will not be accecpted into the order and if they are already in the order, they will be thrown out. This is the point which they have always
But, Republicans have constantly seen known members of the paramilitaries taking part in the Orange march, which naturally increases tensions when
they are walking past the Republican Ardoyne Road. That is the norm, but during last weeks 12th July march on the Ardoyne Road, the Orange Order where
marching with a UVF banner.
This banner contained the UVF badge and on it, a memorial to a prominent UVF member, Sam Rocket, also during a march in Belfast City Centre, the Order
where marching with a banner, to a UFF killer, Joe Bratty and UVF gunman Noel Kinnier. For Noel Kinnier, the Sons of Ulster Flute Band carried his
In order to know the significance of these two memorials their history should be known.
Sam Rocket, was shot dead at his North Belfast home 7 years ago. After his death, there was a week of violence between loyalist factions, which lead
to the re-inprisonment of Johnny Adair. It was believed that Rocket was killed by the UFF for revenge as he had been a part of the double murders of
Bobby Mahood and a senior UDA figure, Jackie Connor two days earlier.
Joe Bratty was behind the attack on Sean Graham's bookies in 1992, he was then shot dead in July 1994, by the IRA on the Ormeau Road.
Noel Kinnier, died of a hearrt attack in 1996, murdered father of three, Brendan McLaughlin in Feburary 1980. Kinnier's banner was carried a short
distance away from the spot where Brenan Mclaughin was murdered.
An Orange Order spokesman has recently said that the Order was working towards removing any paramilitary trappings from Loyalist parades.
Interesting since they have claimed that this behaviour wasn't tolerated inside the Order for many years now.