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‘Flags protocol no comfort to residents’ - Kelly

22 May, 2018 - by Gerry Kelly

A new loyalist flags protocol will provide no comfort to residents intimidated in their own homes, Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said.

Gerry Kelly was speaking after the UVF-linked East Belfast Community Initiative (EBCI) announced it had agreed a protocol after several months of engagement with DUP South Belfast MP Emma Little Pengelly.

Gerry Kelly commented: "A UVF flag is a UVF flag and its cold comfort to people living on interfaces and in mixed estates that it will be flown with DUP support for four months of a year.

“This is a case of people talking to themselves rather than engaging with those opposed to the flying of flags in areas where they are designed to intimidate.

“We welcome any genuine attempt to see the removal of intimidatory flags but if those who erect these flags are serious about resolving this issue, they should engage with affected communities and the Commission on Flags, Identity and Tradition to that end.”

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