Call to fly union flag all year round

Call to fly union flag all year round

The Ulster Unionist Party has tabled an amendment to the Local Government Bill calling for the union flag to be flown at City Hall in Belfast all year long.

Currently the flag only flies on designated days, following a vote by councillors in 2012.The controversial change in policy led to months of widespread protests across Northern Ireland, many of which were followed by violence.Tom Elliott said the UUP will table amendments calling to have the flag restored, and also to see the flag flown at every council office on a minimum of designated days.The Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA explained: "The amendment is an opportunity for some who claim that they are committed to equality to acknowledge what many of them signed up to when the Belfast Agreement came about."They should not deliberately confuse sovereignty with identity.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)"We have also tabled an amendment calling for the Union Flag to be flown at every council office across Northern Ireland on a minimum of designated days. These are pragmatic proposals which I hope will be accepted and adopted by the Assembly this week."They are no threat to anyone's identity."

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