“We cannot complain about the Irish State or its Constitution. It protects our rights.”

From the Irish Times which is worth reading about the Orange Order and how they operate in the South.

The entire article is worth a read but this comment about the Irish constitution is worth highlighting

A past master and current chaplain of the lodge, he says he could not ask for more protection from the State for his freedom of expression. “It’s fantastic. See the Irish Constitution, article 40.6.2: free assembly under the law without bearing arms. We can assemble 40 brethren out on that road with collarets on, with no parades commission, so we cannot complain about the Irish State or its Constitution. It protects our rights. In the South, pluralism and openness is the best friend of Orangeism in my book.”

 

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs