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Kearney condemns provocative flag display at St Comgall’s church

28 August, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin South Antrim MLA, Declan Kearney has condemned the provocative flying of a flag referring to the Parachute Regiment beside St Comgall’s Church in Antrim. 

Mr. Kearney said:

“I have received representations from constituents concerning a flag erected beside St Comgall’s Church in Antrim at the weekend, coinciding with the County Antrim Royal Black Instituton demonstrations in the town. 

“This flag, which carries the Parachute Regiment insignia and is emblazoned with the slogan ‘No Surrender, No Apology’ is a blatant act of provocation and a deliberate attack on the memory of all innocent civilians murdered by the Parachute regiment during the conflict.  

“I am on record condemning the use of flags in Antrim town to intimidate and mark territory. This includes my recent statement on the abuse and misuse of our own national flag.  

“I have also clearly stated my support for the legitimate expression of all cultures and traditions where such expression is proportionate and respectful to all.  

“However, the flag at St Comgall’s Church is strategically placed to cause offence and raises a question regarding how it became part of the flag display in support of the Royal Black demonstration.” 

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