Ballynafeigh flags divisive
South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that the erecting of flags in the Ballynafeigh area is divisive and will have a negative impact on community relations in the area. He also stated that a number of residents have contacted him to highlight their concerns that the PSNI have entered into an agreement with loyalists in relation to the flags issue in this area.
Alex Maskey MLA said,
"My office has been contacted by a number of Ballynafeigh residents unhappy with the erecting of flags in the area which took place this week. Much is made of the idea that Ballynafeigh is a ‘shared community’, however, it is my belief that the erecting of these flags is divisive in this community and sets back community relations in the area.
“Local residents that have contacted my office are sick and tired of the flags being erected every year. What is causing further anger is that residents observed the PSNI stand back and watch as these flags were put up. Indeed, many have indicated to me that they believe that there is an agreement between the PSNI and loyalists in relation to the erection of these flags in this area.
"The erection of these flags is divisive and serves to intimidate local nationalists. Much is made of the idea that Ballynafeigh is a ‘shared space’; if this idea of a ‘shared space’ is become a reality then those that erect these flags should desist from doing so”.