Dominick Street, Dublin this morning.
Thanks Michael McLoughlin.
The flying of the Irish tricolour on government buildings has been ruled out by Richard Haass. The former US diplomat is heading a team attempting to resolve the issues of parades, flags and the past. It is understood his proposals include a licensing system for the flying of flags, a trauma centre and new bodies for dealing with parading and the past.
He appears to have ruled out the flying of the Irish tricolour on government buildings but backed designated days for flying the union flag. Dr Haass will meet the parties individually on Friday morning and there will be a round table session in the afternoon.
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A new Northern Ireland flag should be created to complement the Union Flag – but flying the Irish Tricolour would probably see Stormont collapse, a unionist veteran has said.
Lord Kilclooney, who was first elected to the old Stormont in 1965 and served as a minister under both James Chichester-Clark and Brian Faulkner, warned that any attempt to fly the Republic of Ireland’s flag north of the border would be deeply destabilising.
“As a result of the Belfast Agreement the people of the Republic of Ireland voted to abandon their territorial claim over Northern Ireland. To now fly the Tricolour officially would be contrary to that decision and would undermine the Agreement, leading probably to the collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly.”
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Last December Saw our fleg depart
And it wasn’t okay
‘Cause it’s not on display
We want it to reappear
That’s basically it in a nutshell
‘Last December’, a Wham! parody for charity by satirists Loyalists Against Democracy (LAD).
LAD were born a year ago this week in response to loyalists protesting at the flying of the Union Jack from Belfast City Hall solely on designated days.
The single, launched last week with proceeds going to SOS Bus NI, climbed Amazon’s mp3 chart and was a 10/1 bet to make the Christmas Number One spot.
Until a Dublin musician called ‘Frankie Regan’ made a complaint to the music distributors claiming the lyrics were sectarian and SOS took the decision to step away from the single.
‘Frankie Regan’, it has since emerged, is a known anti-Lad lad from Coleraine.
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“Well you know I find it very rich that an American would tell us to think about a new
flegflag how they actually bow down to their flag. You know, from my point of view, you know, the Union Jack is the national flag of the country. I am British and I live in Britain. So, I don’t want to see a new flag or do I want to even be involved in trying to create one.”
Current PUP leader and former UVF member Billy Hutchinson with Noel Thompson on BBC One’s Spotlight last night.
Irvine was recently named by BBC’s Spotlight programme as a UVF commander.
Camp Twaddell was set up as a ‘civil rights camp’ to support loyalists who have been prevented from marching past Ardoyne shops.
Meanwhile, the Parades Commission has given the go-ahead for a loyalist parade in Belfast city centre on Saturday week.
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Pics: Claire Marie Graham
Good people of Bangor – relax. Your safety is in excellent hands *shudder*
On Wednesday evening social media was buzzing with rumours that the comedian Russell Brand had visited a loyalist protest camp in North Belfast.
It has been confirmed to BBC News NI that the visit did take place but no one on Russell Brand’s team wished to comment.
The visit was organised by Nobel Prize winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire.
Loyalists have been protesting out at Twaddell Avenue since July following a decision to restrict an orange parade.
Meanwhile, new subtitled footage (above) has emerged from his recent Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman.
Russell Brand visits loyalist protest camp at Twaddell Avenue, Belfast (BBC News NI)