Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has said that there needs to be a local solution to the on-going problem of flags, emblems and other potentially divisive issues in Fermanagh.
The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said:
“Following reports last week of the proposal to erect an Orange arch across East Bridge Street in Enniskillen and the erection of more loyalist flags in Chanterhill over the weekend, I feel it is time that a local solution is found to these problems.
“I have been in contact with a range of statutory agencies, including the police, the Housing Executive, Roads Service and Fermanagh District Council about creating a taskforce along with representatives from each political party that would be charged with finding local solutions to these problems.
“The response I have received thus far has been overwhelmingly positive and there is a strong appetite to get a resolution on such contentious issues.
“The Fermanagh Trust has done a lot of great work on this topic in recent years and I think they would be ideally suited to move this matter forward.
“I also feel there is a role for local business representatives to show leadership in this regard. The flying of flags on a year-round basis is negatively impacting upon our county, is causing damage to our tourism industry and needs to be resolved as a matter of urgency.”