Row over flag on City Hall Xmas card

Published Monday, 09 December 2013
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Belfast City Council has apologised for using a photograph of City Hall with the flag airbrushed out on its Christmas card.

Row over flag on City Hall Xmas card
A protest at City Hall last year following the vote on the flag. (© UTV)

Some unionist politicians raised concerns after it emerged that an old image of the building, which also included the big wheel, had been edited for the cards.

A spokesperson for the council said a current picture "should have been used".

He went on: "The photograph used is an older stock image and the only festive one we had that included both snow and the Christmas signage.

"The original also included the big wheel. It was an honest mistake to airbrush the photograph to reflect the current view of the City Hall.

"An authentic image of City Hall without the flag and big wheel should have been used. We have already apologised to the DUP leadership on the council and the explanation was accepted."

The council voted last year to change the flag-flying policy at City Hall to designated days, prompting widespread protests across Northern Ireland.

The cards, in their airbrushed format, have been printed and handed out to members of the council, who each get 50 to distribute as they please.

© UTV News
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34 Comments
Fionntan in Belfast wrote (128 days ago):
How boring!
john in antrim wrote (128 days ago):
Unbelievable. First we have a row about flag. Now we have a row about PICTURE of a flag. or no picture. The next thing we will be fighting over thing which MIGHT happen. This is the most childish and frustrating place on God's earth.
henry meself martin gerry in ireland wrote (129 days ago):
just like to say thank you to our council for their quick action in spottin this error and airbrushing it and there saving the public purse in replacing the cards at a time when every euro counts..oops sorry ment £......lol things are going so fast around here am getting carried away
John in Creggan wrote (129 days ago):
I take it that Belfast has full employment, that no one in the city finds it hard to heat their homes that no one is on the housing list. Belfast must be a Nirvana to administer if all city councillors have to worry about is a flag on a Christmas card
John in Co tyrone wrote (129 days ago):
Are you serious how do these clowns get elected. any politician arguing over christmas cards. Should be stripped of their job immediately. What sort of country is this??? They're is wiser people locked up.
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