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Sinn Féin brings motion to Assembly on flags, symbols, emblems and language

12 February, 2013 - by Caitríona Ruane


Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane said the party has tabled a joint motion with the SDLP for the Assembly to debate the setting up of an Ad Hoc committee to discuss the issue of flags, emblems, symbols and language.

The South Down MLA and member of the Assembly Commission said:

“Today at the business committee meeting Sinn Féin put forward a motion for the Assembly to discuss the issue of flags, emblems, symbols and language. This debate will now take place on Tuesday 25th February.

“The place to discuss these issues is the Assembly and not through the Assembly Commission. As agreed in 2000 by the Assembly Commission, flags and other such matters are political and best handled in the Assembly.

“The debate will be heard in the proper venue and it is hoped that there will be political leadership shown and we call on all parties to support the motion.”

“Bringing these issues into the Assembly will ensure that parity of esteem, equality and diversity are best served and the Assembly Commission can get on with its role of managing Parliament Buildings.”

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