Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd said that the Unionist forum that met today will not solve the problem of mutual respect for people’s national identity and culture.
The Upper Bann MLA said:
“Unionists talking to themselves will not solve the problem of mutual respect for people’s national identity and culture.
“That can only come when representatives from the whole community sit down together. There needs to be an open discussion on how people’s Irishness and Britishness can be respected and valued.
“Equality, parity of esteem and mutual respect needs to be at the core of any move forward on identity and symbols.
“Unionism needs to face the reality that the North has changed and will continue to change. Any attempts to hark back to a one-sided past will only sow more confusion among unionists and loyalists.”