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McDonald calls for an end to Loyalist flag protests

9 January, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has called on the organisers of the Loyalist protest due to take place in Dublin this weekend to reconsider their plans.

Deputy McDonald said the flag protests, North and South, should come to an end and the democratic decision of Belfast City Council should be respected.

Speaking this afternoon Deputy McDonald said;

“The decision of Belfast City Council to restrict the flying of the Union flag was a democratic decision that must be respected by everyone. It is a compromise decision that allows the Union flag to fly on 17 designated days a year. It should be noted that the Irish tricolour is not facilitated at all.

“Belfast is no longer a Unionist dominated city. Belfast is a shared city. Flags and emblems must reflect that reality.

“The protests and violence that has flared has been orchestrated by the UVF but it was stoked by Unionist politicians who put out 40,000 inflammatory leaflets in the wake of this decision.

“These protests must stop and the democratic decision of Belfast City Council respected. The organisers of the protest due to take place in Dublin this week need to reconsider their plans. This is nothing more than a publicity stunt designed to stoke tensions in Dublin. It will do nothing to change the decision of Belfast City Council.

“In the event that the protest goes ahead I would call on all Dublin people and others in the city to avoid any confrontation with the protestors.”


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