Sinn Féin welcome for City Hall equality report
Sinn Féin leader on Belfast City Council Jim McVeigh has welcomed the publication of the Equality Impact Assessment report into the flying of flags and memorabilia at the City Hall.
On flags the report said that the Union flag should not fly at the council buildings at the Ulster Hall and Duncrue Street while the preferred option for the City Hall was that it should only be flown on designated days.
On memorabilia at the City Hall the report calls for substantial change and the Sinn Féin Councillor said this should reflect the cultural make-up of Belfast today.
The Sinn Féin Councillor for West Belfast said:
“Sinn Féin welcomes the publication of the report and will be voting for it to go out to public consultation tonight at the full council meeting.
“The Sinn Féin position is that there should be no flags, a civic flag or both the Irish tri-colour and Union flag. This report is a step forward and after public consultation the report will go to a vote at the council in November.
“The simple result of this report is that the status quo is no longer acceptable and that there needs to be change at the City Hall. That change needs to reflect the cultural make up of Belfast today and makes the City Hall a welcoming place for all our people.”