The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland has welcomed the announcement that Her Majesty, the Queen, is to visit the Republic of Ireland later this year.
“We are pleased the Queen has been invited to the Irish Republic and that she has accepted the invitation.
“It is an important and timely recognition of her role as a Head of State in the United Kingdom.
“The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland has members in nine counties in the Republic of Ireland. They are keen to play their part in civic society and this visit
will give them confidence that their traditions are being respected. The visit will be a key element in fuller recognition of the British heritage of many people who live in the Republic of Ireland.
“The opening a couple of years ago of the Boyne Battlefield site was a clear endorsement of the history that helped form the Orange Institution and the Irish Government has also given financial backing to the Institution.
“Members of the Orange Institution want to feel part of society in the Irish Republic and this visit will build on other recent positive developments.”