Newry Mayor calls for removal of Bessbrook Irish Tricolours
Bessbrook Sinn Féin Councillor and Mayor of Newry & Mourne Cllr Dáire Hughes has questioned the need or the purpose of the erection of two Irish Tricolours in the Bessbrook Pond area.
Speaking to Newry Times, Hughes stated, “Whilst Sinn Féin acknowledge that there are occasions when it is understandable that our national flag is displayed and flown, the manner in which these particular flags are displayed is a cause for concern.
“The erection of the national flag in places like trees in the middle of a pond is effectively dishonouring it and also neither at any time should it be used to impose, intimidate or disrespect.
“I share the belief of most that our national flag should at all times command the highest degree of respect,” said the Mayor and he asked for those who erected the flags to remove them.
The Sinn Féin Councillor commenting on the wider issues of Flags & Emblems stated, “We need to respect the right of all citizens to celebrate one’s culture and identity in an acceptable manner, while recognising and respecting the perceptions of those who may view such displays as overtly sectarian, intimidating and indeed threatening in nature.
He added, “Failure to do so, perpetuates division and instability. Sinn Féin is committed to proactively work with the Republican/Nationalist community to develop agreed protocols around flags, symbols and emblems with our Unionist/Loyalist neighbours.”
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