The Sinn Féin motion suggested the Department for Infrastructure be brought to court over its refusal to remove paramilitary flags and banners from lamp posts.

It comes after UVF flags appeared in the Cantrell Close area where they have previously caused controversy.

Last month, the Ministry of Defence spoke out against the unofficial flying of Army flags and emblems, after a number of Parachute Regiment flags and banners were put up.

Unionists opposed the motion, but it passed backed by 34 councillors. Eighteen voted against it.


Belfast council pass paramilitary flags motion (BBC)

49 thoughts on “Banned

  1. Charger Salmons

    Now that the overwhelming majority of people in Ireland want a unified country it’ll soon be your problem.
    You still do,don’t you … ?
    You know,when push comes to shove do you really want the mess and the expense ?
    Trust me,most Brits think you’re welcome to it.

    1. bisted

      …funny Hong Kong is in the news…Chris Patten started the inevitable move towards unification from the brit side years ago…

    2. ReproBertie

      “Most Brits thing you’re welcome to it” and yet Theresa May’s career ended in failure because the British Dáil couldn’t countenance a customs border between NI and GB.

      Not to worry, I’m sure the purtians of the DUP will flood back to Britain to be near their beloved queen once the unification is finalised. There’ll be plenty of houses for them too what with the EU citizens leaving in the wake of Sasamach.

    3. Jake38

      No thanks. You can keep it. 12 billion a year in taxpayer handouts to keep some sectarian bigots from one another’s throats?

      You broke it, you own it.

      1. Charger Salmons

        But according to ReprO’Bertie Stakeknife every person with a beating Irish heart is yearning for that glorious day which is only a week or two away …
        Heh x 3

        1. kellMA

          I have a beating irish heart and have ZERO interest in a reunification. All idealogical mush that I have no interest in. It will cost money and we already have enough problems. More people to stick on trolleys…

        2. ReproBertie

          You can show me where I said that, right?

          No, of course not. More unicorns and fantasy from Captain Sasamach.

      2. postmanpat

        Worse still, because they are all religious mad you’ll have bunch of staunch Rome-rule pope lovers interfering with the progress we made down here steadily pushing the RCC out of our institutions over the last few decades. Make no mistake if it ever happens, and fingers crossed 32 never happens, we can kiss goodbye to gay marriage and abortion. The Vatican always has a game plan. United Ireland will be a golden opportunity for Rome to retake us. And the Catholics up north will be breeding like rabbits to make sure it happens. Also if you happen to be a brown skinned citizen of ROI? bad news! these potential “brothers” we might reunite with are scumbag racists too. Also, bombs in Dublin. Good times!!!

      1. Charger Salmons

        How are the Shinners doing at the ballot box these days ?
        The last time there was a comprehensive poll even a majority of Catholics in NI didn’t want unification.
        Free healthcare and 10 billion quid a year in state aid goes a long way to greasing a few palms.

        1. ReproBertie

          “How are the Shinners doing at the ballot box these days ?”
          Since you ask, they retained all 105 seats at the local elections while your mates in the DUP lost 8 of theirs. In fact, all the Sasamach supporting unionist parties lost seats: DUP down 8, UUP down 13, TUV down 7 and PUP down 1. The pro-Remain Alliance gained 21 seats and the pro-Remain Greens gained 1.

          In the European elections Sinn Féin retained their MEP while the UUP lost theirs to the Alliance party.

          1. ReproBertie

            Those are the results of the local elections in Northern Ireland.

            Elections in the Republic are an entirely different kettle of fish than in Northern Ireland due to the lack of ingrained hatred for themuns. Your question, of course, was based on the mistaken presumption that Sinn Féin are the only party in favour of a united Ireland and that a vote for Sinn Féin is a vote for a united Ireland.

            Since you asked, and are unable to use Google, Sinn Féin took a big hit in the Republic, losing 78 seats which was almost half of what they had. The big winners were the Greens and Fine Gael. Feel free to take FG’s success as an endorsement of the handing of Sasamach. Sinn Féin also lost 2 of their MEPs.

    4. scottser

      we’ll take the 6 counties back and organise free flights back to GB for the window lickers.
      winner winner chicken dinner :)

  2. Rob_G

    I’m not sure how this counts as news, as every day across the province, dozens of identical fleg squabbles flare up and then die down, each one more petty and incomprehensible than the last – best to leave them to it.

    1. Kolmo

      It’s the mentality behind those putting up the flegs – it’s a paranoid mentality, entirely based on how much you can pi55 your neighbour off, a behavioral sink that has festered in it’s own existential contradictions for decades, a bleak cultural desert and like any timber-headed bigotry, it”ll dissolve with one conversation with those they are afraid of, that’s all it takes, they’ll see that nobody is out to get them, they can then stop projecting their fears as a warped superiority complex, it’ll quietly dissolve just like East Germany, overnight.

        1. Charger Salmons

          Then it will be Ireland’s problem and we can all settle back with nice big box of popcorn and watch the fireworks.
          The only fly in the ointment is that most Irish people I know are horrified at the prospect and the potential cost.
          Be careful what you wish for.

          1. Kolmo

            The whole island within the worlds largest trading bloc makes economic sense, brexit is a catastrophe for the North, the brexiters of England are happy to jettison the North to protect the glory of the brexit magical nonsense.
            The adjustment period with the political integration of 6 extra countries would give us all a chance for a clean sweep on how things are done – north and south, a century of a certain stagnancy could be banished to the history books, we could become a more truly modern state.

          2. Spaghetti Hoop

            My comment didn’t wish anything. It is wise to avoid emotives when discussing NI.

          3. ReproBertie

            He prefers to comment on what he thinks people said, rather than what they actually said.

          1. italia'90

            Post Brexit, Scottish Independence will be a formality.
            They voted to remain.
            So did the voters of the NI statelet.
            Let me see…
            What shower of upstarts, who never knew their place, might want to capitalise on
            Perfidious Albion’s difflculty and turn it into an opportunity?

            The depleted uranium welathy resident of Buckingham Palace won’t be amused.

    2. postmanpat

      I stayed over in a friend of a friends house in Belfast once after a house party, I was bored out of my mind listening to them go on about sneaking into a unionist area and re-painting the gaudy union jack cobbles with a gaudy tri color, then the next day the cobbles were painted back again ,,,”and so the next night…what we did was…….. blah …blah. , polish off a sparkler.. stick it in the pan blah..” . . Nordies think they are great storytellers and also think they are hilarious but they are just bores. The shtick is all based on sectarian tension and no matter how much of a comedic edge they put on a yarn , its just the same old story you’ve heard a thousand times. Id never set foot in the kip again. They can have each other, they love the conflict , otherwise they’d move.

    3. SOQ

      I disagree- the flags issue has been fobbed off for as long as I can remember and the loyalist paramilitaries had free reign because the authorities were never called to account- until now.

      As this pans out, middle Ormeau and perhaps Lisburn Road are the places to watch because the Alliance party are really gaining traction in both. Time will tell. Oh and its a statelet not a province because the geographical ‘province’ has 9 counties.

      What you are dealing with here is raw British nationalism except now, in the areas mentioned, they are very much in the minority, The demographics of south Belfast is rapidly changing and IMO is is definitely for the better.

    1. Rob_G

      They are a UK-based organisation; in fact they want Ireland and Great Britain to enjoined in a glorious socialist union (this may sound like a joke, but it isn’t).

      1. postmanpat

        So are the PBP in the ROI the same organization the same way Sinn Fein (overtly sectarian .brits out ect, up the ‘RA) in the north is the same organization as Sinn Fein (hide the balaclava and pretend we are enlightened lefties) in the South?

      2. Charger Salmons

        I suppose a united Ireland would give ReprO’Bertie’s beret a chance to be seen in public more often.
        I wonder what happens to it in the privacy of his own home though.
        How often does he pose with it in front of the mirror.Jaunty-angled like a Marseilles matelot ? Or flat like Frank Spencer ?
        Does he do impressions with it and throw it to the floor shouting ” Chuck Berry. ”
        With or without sunnies ? Ray-Ban or Oakley ?
        Wayfarer ? Nope, he doesn’t want to look like a Blues Brother.
        Aviator ? Yeesss,they’re the business.Very Top Gun.
        Talking of guns does he pose holding the TV remote with his hands in classic ” you’re under arrest ” stance or crouch,ready to roll forward into a room blazing away.
        Or perhaps gangster-stylee ? Hand and pointed first finger held horizontally.Terrible for aim in real life but the dog’s nuts on the WhatsApp chat.
        Does he compare fashion notes with fellow bedroom baddies ? Balaclava or his mam’s knock-off Versace scarf ?Regulation thin black tie or this season’s more wider trend.
        Combat trousers ? Always a tough look to wear on the bus but fine for a weekend camping in the Wicklow Mountains.
        Shoes ? Black.Chrome-buckled obvs.
        And socks ? White. How could they be anything else …
        Yep, can’t wait for that united Ireland.

        1. ReproBertie

          Look, I’m flattered and all but the truth is you’re just too stupid for me to consider a relationship.

          1. Reverend Pall

            It’s beginning to feel like when my neighbor taunted the local village idiot to jump through a new pane of glass to “prove” it wasn’t there. He jumped through the new pane of glass.

  3. Areyoumental

    I’m from Dublin and I’ve lived in the North for the last five years. The people of Ireland and the UK are going to get a rude awaking in the next few years as to just how mental this place is.
    The DUP’s coverage in the news is the tip of the iceberg.

    The people who put up those banners are proper scary. That’s part of the reason they are not taken down.

    In boarder counties of Northern Ireland nearly every road has a house when some ones father/uncle/brother was dragged from their house, disappeared for a week and murdered. Or some similar horrendous event. By one side or the other.

    This place has no government. Its citizen are poor and the future is bleak.

      1. millie st murderlark

        Careful pat, you’re projecting your own failures onto other commenters now.

  4. RuilleBuille

    People Before Profit take their orders from the central committee in London. Like most of the English the cc have no understanding of Ireland.

  5. won't you join too

    *DUP voice*
    A Brexit that’s constitutionally and economically good for the people of Northern Ireland.

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