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VIDEO: Fury as Orange Order described in US video as 'supremacists'

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
The map of Northern Ireland (according to the Irish National Caucus)
The map of Northern Ireland (according to the Irish National Caucus)

First Minister Arlene Foster has slammed the Irish National Caucus, an Irish-American body based in the United States, after it produced a video describing the Orange Order as 'supremacist'.

The video also portrays the entirety of County Donegal and sections of Monaghan and Cavan as being part of Northern Ireland and the UK.

The narrator of the short film, made by the organisation which is based on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, claims: "There is still a deep-rooted anti-Catholic bigotry in Northern Ireland."

It goes on, claiming that the McBride Principles, set up by one of the founders of Amnesty International, "challenge the power of anti-catholic discrimination."

It begins: "Why should such a small island like Ireland be partitioned?"

"There is still deep-rooted anti-catholic bigotry in Northern Ireland," the narrator adds.

"A significant section of the Unionist Protestant community resent sharing power with Catholics, Nationalists and Republicans, because they have never accepted Catholics as equals.

"The most evident symbol of this Protestant supremacy pathology is the Orange Order's demand to march where they are not wanted, parading their anti-Catholic bigotry through poor all-Catholic areas."

The video has been met with both bemusement and anger.

First Minister Arlene Foster said: "The Irish National Caucus is spreading this propaganda, which is misleading at best and downright sectarian at worst.

"The flawed nature of their information is summed up within the first 10 seconds of the video when the border isn't even in the right place. Northern Ireland, in their graphic, includes Donegal and most of Monaghan.

"Support for the Union exists right across the community, regardless of religious background.

"Ill-informed caricatures offer more analysis about the authors than they do about the intended subjects."

On the website of the Irish National Caucus, Fr Sean McManus, founder of the organisation, states: "While the video acknowledges the progress made by the Irish peace process, it points out that there is still a long way to go: that the enduring problem is still England's undemocratic control of part of Ireland.

"That this ridiculous control in the 21st century still enables and encourages a significant section of the Unionist/Protestant community in Northern Ireland to refuse to accept Catholics as equals; and that anti-Catholicism is still a potent and poisonous pathology in that partitioned part of Ireland.

"I deliberately use the word pathology because I've always seen racism/sectarianism as a disease, wherever it appears."

A spokesperson for the Orange Order said that the "amateurish" video "conveniently airbrushes from history the multiple deaths and mass destruction caused by IRA terrorists in their ultimately futile campaign of violence."