Councillor calls for removal of ‘disrespectful’ tattered Tricolours

May 14, 2018

 Tricolours and emblems that were erected throughout the area to mark last month’s Easter commemorations should now be removed, Newry city councillor Charlie Casey has said.

Claiming that many of the flags are now “in tatters and disrespectful”, Mr Casey pointed out that Sinn Fein operates a policy of removing paraphernalia erected to mark key events “within a reasonable timescale” and has called on other groups to do likewise.

“Our activists here in Newry city practice a policy of taking down any flags or emblems we erect for anniversaries or commemorations important to the Republican community within a reasonable timescale.  This shows a willingness to respect the right of all citizens to celebrate one’s culture and identity in an acceptable manner, while recognising and respecting the differing perceptions of others,” he said.

Appealing to other groups and individuals who erected flags and emblems ahead of Easter Rising commemorative events, Councillor Casey added: “Sinn Féin believe that our national flag should be treated with respect and should not be used to mark territory or to antagonise anyone.  I would appeal to those others who erected flags and emblems prior to the Easter Rising commemorations to remove them also, as the deteriorating condition of them, with many in tatters, is viewed by most Republicans as deeply disrespectful.”