Sinn Féin call to remove Tricolour

Published Friday, 25 July 2014
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The Sinn Féin Mayor of Newry and Mourne Council has urged those responsible for putting up two Irish Tricolours in the Bessbrook area to take them down.

Sinn Féin call to remove Tricolour
The councillor said flags should not be used to intimidate. (© Getty)

Councillor Dáire Hughes said placing the flags on a tree in a pond in the village was a sign of "disrespect and dishonour" to the emblem.

He said: "Whilst Sinn Féin acknowledge that there are occasions when it is understandable that our national flag is displayed and flown, the manner in which these particular flags are displayed is a cause for concern.

"The erection of the national flag in places like trees in the middle of a pond is effectively dishonouring it, and also neither at any time should it be used to impose, intimidate or disrespect.

"I share the belief of most that our national flag should at all times command the highest degree of respect."

The Sinn Féin councillor said the issue of flags and emblems needed to be addressed.

He added: "We need to respect the right of all citizens to celebrate one's culture and identity in an acceptable manner, while recognising and respecting the perceptions of those who may view such displays as overtly sectarian, intimidating and indeed threatening in nature.

"Failure to do so, perpetuates division and instability.

"Sinn Féin is committed to proactively work with the republican/nationalist community to develop agreed protocols around flags, symbols and emblems with our unionist/loyalist neighbours."

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Ryan in An Dun wrote (120 days ago):
Yes all good Lucy. I do like a good debate now and then.
lucylou in belfast wrote (120 days ago):
Ryan in An Dun----I hope you took my last reply in the spirit it was meant---it really was just light hearted, because what I detest with a passion is posters picking others up on a silly spelling error. We all make them; it's par for the course. So; my wee chick; I hope we can remain 'debating buddies' as I feel you're a nice person with strong views but not a 'nasty' bone in your body.
Ryan in An Dun wrote (120 days ago):
Aye cracker answer Lucy. How much would a dictionary cost me now days?
lucylou in belfast wrote (121 days ago):
RYAN in AN DUN---Hello my wee chick! AM I full of knowledge You seem to be of that opinion-- --THANK YOU! I only know that I know what I know and I know how to spell 'aren't'.
Ryan in An Dun wrote (122 days ago):
@lucy Lou. You making assumptions again there Lucy. Full of knowledge arnt you?
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