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Unionism needs to wake up to reality of equality after Flags Ruling

5 July, 2006

Lagan Valley Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Butler today said that unionism and the DUP in particular had to realise that they can no longer do what they want, when they want, where they want. Cllr. Butler's comments come after the Equality Commission upheld a complaint by Cllr. Butler regarding the decision of Lisburn Council to ignore equality provisions and fly the Union Jack 365 days each year.

Cllr. Butler said:

"The fact that the Equality Commission upheld the complaint I made regarding the flaunting of the Union Jack by Lisburn City Council is in part a recognition of the changed times we live in. The Good Friday Agreement is very clear about the use of flags and emblems.

"Long gone are the days when political unionism in what ever guise or in whatever institution can do what they want, when they want, where they want. It is time that political unionism and the DUP in particular woke up to this reality.

"Nationalists and republicans will not accept a badge of second class citizenship and we demand our full rights and entitlements. The days of nationalists accepting inequality are over. Sinn Féin are elected on a mandate to change the status quo and that is exactly what we will do. We will not be distracted or diverted from this project by the DUP or anyone else." ENDS

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