Flags should never be used to intimidate or harass - Duffy
Sinn Féin spokesperson Joe Duffy said:
“Sinn Féin is not aware of any petition in Thaxton Village in Lisburn on the issue of flags.
“However, flags, emblems and symbols should never be used to intimidate, harass or mark out territory.
“In my view, these flags have been deliberately placed close to mixed housing developments and have been placed there to mark out territory and stoke fear and community tension.
“The comments by the DUP’s Paul Givan, the man responsible for the disgraceful decision to cut Líofa funding for disadvantaged children to learn Irish, demonstrate a complete lack of leadership on his behalf.
“Mr Givan would serve the people of this mixed area better by calling on those responsible to remove the flags so people can get on with their everyday lives free from fear.”