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Where is Tom Elliott’s call for removal of Union Flags? – Phil Flanagan

19 June, 2012 - by Phil Flanagan


Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has highlighted the hypocrisy of UUP MLA Tom Elliott for his failure to seek the removal of Union flags, which have been erected across Enniskillen over the last week.

Phil Flanagan said:

“Immediately prior to Easter this year, we had the annual call from Tom Elliott for Irish flags to be taken down from the Cornagrade Road. These flags were erected and taken down within a very short period of time as was agreed.

“In stark contrast to this custom is the erection of a significant number of Union flags across Enniskillen, with no indication of a timeline when these flags will be removed nor has there been such a call from unionist representatives.

“There is no justification for the erection of these flags, which has taken place a full month before the 12th of July, and many local people are certain that, as with previous years, these flags will remain up right through to the autumn when they become very torn and tattered.

“Many of these flags are in the Chanterhill and Cavanaleck areas, where there are a number of mixed housing developments and public facilities including the MOT test centre and St Fanchea’s College.

“I have previously called for the establishment of a taskforce to deal with the issue of contentious flags and emblems in Enniskillen. Such a group would consist of representatives of each political party as well as local business and community leaders.

“To date, Unionist politicians have been consistently silent on the issue of Union flags and I am calling on them to work with me and others to agree a flags policy for the greater Enniskillen area.

“Our town centres should be neutral areas; free from flags, as should public property while anyone wishing to erect flags for any occasion should be mindful of residents and businesses, with a clear and definitive timeframe for flags to be removed.”

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