Statement on the President-elect

As Orangemen, we would like to congratulate Michael D Higgins on his election to the Office of President, and join with him in praying that Almighty God would direct and sustain him throughout his presidency.

As President, he will be responsible for protecting the civil and religious liberties, which flow from the Glorious Revolution of 1688, and which are enshrined in the Irish Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

He will also be responsible for representing all the people of the Republic of Ireland at home and abroad, not just the majority community. The Protestant community is a significant minority within the State and deserves representation at the highest level. We hope that the new President will acknowledge and celebrate our rich Orange heritage and tradition, and recognise the positive contribution Protestants make to Irish society.

We also hope that he will continue the good work of peace and reconciliation across these islands and further develop our special relationship with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This would bring innumerable benefits to the people of Ireland as would a return to the Commonwealth of Nations, where we already have close cultural and economic links.

The last President enjoyed good relations with HM Queen and it is our hope that the new President will nurture this friendship with the House of Windsor.

A prayer for the President and all in authority.
Almighty God, who rulest over the kingdoms of the world; We commend to thy merciful care the people of this land, that being guarded by thy providence, they may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of this State and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, that they may serve thy people faithfully to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Cavan County Grand Orange Lodge
Donegal County Grand Orange Lodge
Dublin and Wicklow Loyal Orange Lodge
Leitrim County Grand Orange Lodge
Monaghan County Grand Orange Lodge