Orange Order Grand Secretary Drew Nelson recently stated: “There are many areas across Northern Ireland where nationalist and republican intolerance is restricting our legitimate religious and cultural expression.”
That said, Irish people in “nationalist and republican” areas do not identify with the Protestant/unionist/loyalist state.
From their point of view, Orange religious and cultural expression is inherently a demonstration of British sovereignty over Irish people.
British sovereignty represents freedom for unionists in respect of their Britishness.
For Irish people it represents the denial of freedom.
That is the nature and the reality of the present situation.
Malachy Scott, Belfast