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Assembly Commission flags issue would only heighten tension - McElduff

11 December, 2012 - by Barry McElduff


Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Assembly Commission at Stormont, Barry McElduff, have stated that Sinn Féin took the decision not to attend the Assembly Commission discussion today about extending the number of designated days for the flying of the union flag at Parliament Buildings as it could only have heightened division rather than promoted mutual respect.

Speaking today Mr McElduff said:

“We are in the middle of a very tense situation arising from the recent Belfast City Council decision on flags.

“What we need now is a careful reflection on all of this, including what parties understand by the commitments in the Good Friday Agreement relating to mutual respect and parity of esteem.

“The Agreement requires us to ensure that symbols and emblems are used in a manner which promotes mutual respect rather than division.

“The proposal for an Assembly Commission discussion today about extending the number of designated days for the flying of the union flag at Parliament Buildings could only have heightened division rather than promoted mutual respect.

“Sinn Féin’s decision today not to attend such a discussion was clearly the right one.”

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