ORANGE SQUEEZED; THOUSANDS TAKE PART IN TWELFTH PARADES; Senior Orangeman Slams Sinn Fein's 'Cultural Imperialism'; Irish Language Act 'A Republican Weapon'

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ORANGE SQUEEZED; THOUSANDS TAKE PART IN TWELFTH PARADES; Senior Orangeman Slams Sinn Fein's 'Cultural Imperialism'; Irish Language Act 'A Republican Weapon'


Byline: MICHAEL MCHUGH

MILITANT cultural imperialists want Northern Ireland to become more Irish than the Republic, a senior Orangeman said yesterday.

Demands for an Irish Language Act - which have stymied political efforts to restore the Executive - are part of a republican campaign to rid the country of its British identity, deputy grand master Harold Henning said.

Addressing a Twelfth of July demonstration in Co Down, he added: "Sinn Fein want Northern Ireland to look and feel more Irish than the Republic of Ireland - and for our taxpayers to foot the bill.

"This militant cultural imperialism must be resisted by our elected representatives - whom we have just recently mandated to represent our interests and those of the Union."

Talks at Stormont have failed to restore the Executive following disagreement over a range of issuest. Part of the stumbling block surrounds reciprocal rights for Ulster-Scots speakers if an Irish Language Act was enacted.

Mr Henning added: "Our politicians need to understand that we cannot support any development which would gift republicans an important victory in the cultural war.

"Let us ensure that what republicans failed to win with bomb and gun isn't now lost through their Trojan horse of equality and rights."

Sinn Fein has said its campaign is about honouring past political agreements and equality does not threaten anybody.

Mr Henning railed against the provision of Irish schools for small numbers of pupils and the erection of road signs using Irish.

He said legislation which enshrines the language in a legal framework will have massive implications for local government, the courts, the civil service, schools and everyday life. …

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