A company set up by the Orange Order is receiving almost 250,000 euros in funding from the Irish government.
The Republic's first substantial grant to the organisation is being made by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/nort ... 228291.stm
Personally I welcome this announcement. It is a further sign of the increasing normality and maturity taking place on this island. I have no doubt that there will be many here who will denounce it as funding for a sectarian, fascist etc., etc., organisation, but perhaps those real fascists are those who castigate a tradition and community of which they know very little. If people want to achieve a united Ireland it is small steps and gestures such as these that will lead toward it faster than any incidence of violence or bigotry. (Cue the OO are a bunch of bigots comments)
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