Drew Nelson

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Drew Nelson:  August 3rd, 1956-October 10th, 2016.

Drew Nelson, who has died after a short illness, was a pragmatic and innovative figure in the Orange Order. As grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of I(...)

 Orange Order grand secretary Drew Nelson. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Orange Order grand secretary Drew Nelson has died aged 60 after a short illness. Mr Nelson, from Dromore in Co Down, was described as a pragmatic and(...)

 DUP of assembly candidate Ian McCrea standing next to a memorial to the victims of an IRA bomb in Co  Tyrone after it was vandalised. Photograph: DUP/PA Wire

A memorial to the victims of an IRA bomb in Co Tyrone has been attacked. Paint was thrown at the stone marking eight deaths at Teebane crossroads be(...)

Back to the 1990s   .... Portadown District LOL No 1, passing Drumcree church before being blocked. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

Believe it or not, this year marks the 20th anniversary of what has become known as “Drumcree”. It was the stopping of the return parade from morning (...)

Orange Order marchers are reflected in a puddle during  parade  in Belfast on Monday marking the Twelfth of July celebrations which  commemorate the victory of Protestant King William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

The Twelfth of July parades are an unrivalled show of community solidarity, the grand master of the Orange Order Edward Stevenson has told Orangemen a(...)

 Drew Nelson: accused nationalists and republicans of “holding a veto over progress”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Orange Order has used its annual Drumcree parade and church service in Portadown to call for new parading legislation. Grand secretary of the Gra(...)

An Orange Order parade on Crumlin Road adjacent to the nationalist Ardoyne neighbourhood as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The contentious Orange Order parade to the flashpoint police lines in north Belfast concluded peacefully last night. The return parade of North(...)

 Drew Nelson, grand secretary of the  Orange Lodge: “Whatever the outcome of our deliberations as an institution, I would again underline that any actions must be both lawful and peaceful. Our traditions are dear to us and are only undermined by violence.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have spoken by telephone about the escalating tensions in the North following the Parad(...)