‘DUP must take action over hate display’ - Cllr Haughian
Sinn Féin Councillor Keith Haughian has called on the DUP leadership to discipline the party’s deputy mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council after she posed for photographs as the Irish national flag was burned on a bonfire.
Cllr Haughian said:
“It’s absolutely unacceptable that the Deputy Mayor and another DUP Councillor posed for photos in front of a bonfire in Edenderry in which the Irish national flag was clearly being burned.
“The Deputy Mayor is supposed to represent everyone in the borough, but glorifying this type of activity is deeply offensive to large sections of our society.
“Burning of flags, posters and effigies on bonfires is wrong and have been rightly described by the PSNI as hate crimes.
“I’m calling on the DUP to show leadership on these bonfires and to explain the actions of their elected representatives. Do they think the burning of the Irish national flag is acceptable or will they condemn this display of hate and discipline the party members involved?”