Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has said that the comments by DUP MLA Gregory Campbell on the issue of flags only highlight the hypocrisy of the DUP on the issue.
Mr Ó hOisín said,
“The comments by Gregory Campbell on the erection of flags in Dungiven have been shown to be hypocritical given the fact that his own village is festooned with flags.
‘The flags in Dungiven have been erected to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of local man Kevin Lynch who died on hunger strike and have not been put up to cause offence. In fact young people have removed any flags that could have been deemed as offensive and I would commend their actions.
“While I would never advocate the flying of the national flag from a lamp post I have been assured that these flags as in previous years will be removed again soon after the commemorations finish.
“This is in stark contrast to the many flags erected in Drumahoe including Unionist paramilitary and Parachute Regiment flags designed to intimidate and offend the local Derry population who travel that road to Belfast.
“These flags, which have been fluttering outside Gregory’s home for the past few months are now larger and more numerous than previous years yet Gregory has remained silent on those.
“We also need to realise that the DUP rejected the Haass proposals in dealing with flags and emblems and recently walked out of a Stormont meeting designed to deal with the issue.
“If Gregory and the DUP are serious in addressing the issue of flags then they should return to the negotiating table where a deal can be thrashed out.” Crioch