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Council backs Sinn Féin motion to remove offensive flags

1 July, 2019 - by Ciarán Beattie

Sinn Féin Councillor Ciaran Beattie has welcomed support for a Sinn Féin motion which calls on Belfast City Council to take legal action against the Department for Infrastructure to remove offensive flags and banners from their property. 

Speaking after a special meeting of the council, the party’s group leader said: 

“Paramilitary flags and other flags and banners supporting the British parachute regiment have been erected throughout Belfast in recent weeks and clearly are being used to divide, offend and cause hurt to victims, particularly as the Ballymurphy Inquest continues. 

“Many of these flags and banners are attached to lampposts which are the property of the Department for Infrastructure who have failed to remove them. 

“I welcome support from Council for our call for legal action to be taken to have these offensive flags and banners removed. 

“As elected representatives we have a responsibility to protect the interests of citizens.

“As a council, we can no longer allow those that set out to divide the city and promote hate continue these actions. We should stand together. We shall do our best to make our city, a good city, a city for all and an inclusive city.

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