The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland has issued the following statement about the incident in Meigh, County Armagh, when armed men staged a roadblock in the village.
“We are extremely concerned at the situation which is developing in South Armagh, where the police appear to have surrendered effective control in some areas to paramilitary groups.
“Although not so well publicised, we believe this is also happening in parts of Fermanagh, which are not being policed.
“We are now seeing the inevitable legacy of the Patton Report.
“We fully support the policemen and women on the ground, who are being left in an impossible and life threatening position, because of the politically inspired changes to policing which are designed to appease rather that deliver a better service.”