Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 28 May 2016

Ex-DUP councillor Ruth Patterson claims St Patrick was 'former Protestant' as she urges loyalists to 're-think' flag protest

Patterson also revealed she disagreed with the Unionist leaflet campaign ahead of the City Hall flag protest

Published 20/01/2016

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Belfast St Patrick's day celebration 2015
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Pictured from the McCullough school of Irish dance are Ellan Cross and Cora Rose Corry with Naomi McMullan. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is Jinxing Lin, Axel Beauvisage during St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon during St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is Ellie and Erin Kane during St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Pictured from the McCullough school of Irish dance are Ellan Cross and Cora Rose Corry with Naomi McMullan. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015.
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square
Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Highland dancers on stage Irish dancers on stage
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Highland dancers on stage
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Highland dancers on stage
Belfast Lord Mayor with Citybeat's Stephen Clements and Sara?Neil.
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Sandra and Trevor McKeeman Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
People in Rome taking selfies in front of the ‘greened’ Colosseum.
Niagara Falls joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Mussenden Temple and Venus, pictured by Glenn Miles
Coca-Cola London Eye on London's South Bank is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Tuesday 17th March.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patron celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Harbour View Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
The Great Wall of China joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The Cibeles Fountain and Palacio de Comunicaciones in Madrid, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Christ the Redeemer illuminated in green to celebrate the upcoming Irish festivity of Saint Patrick's Day, atop Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Orient Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Orient Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
The Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Irelands Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London is lit green by Tourism Ireland in celebration ahead of St Patrick's Day, on Tuesday 17th.
Kayakers float on the Chicago River after being dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
The Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Irelands Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada), joins Tourism Irelands Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Irelands Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Ciara Kelly photographs Gareth Maguire on a mobile phone by the Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, south east London, which is decorated green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Tuesday 17th March.
The Colosseum in Rome joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, south east London, is decorated green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Tuesday 17th March.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at P.J. O'Brien's Irish pub on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at P.J. O'Brien's Irish pub on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Orient Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
Edinburgh Castle in Scotland illuminated green as it is among more than 100 international landmarks turning green to mark St Patrick's Day.
Glasgow's SSE Hydro Arena and Armadillo in Scotland illuminated green as they are among mo
Edinburgh Airport control tower in Scotland illuminated green as it is among more than 100 international landmarks turning green to mark St Patrick's Day.
Retired professional boxer Barry McGuigan at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
Bolivian traditional dancers take part in the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
People dressed up at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A woman waves an Irish flag at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A group of girls at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 15, 2015. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
People celebrate at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A girl holds an Irish flag at the front of a band at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
People gather at Trafalgar Square at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A mobile figure of St. Patrick at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A bystander takes a photo of a elephant float at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
People at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
A woman waves an Irish flag at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A woman waves an Irish flag at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
People dressed up at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A participant at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
People dressed up at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A woman enjoys the day at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A woman enjoys the day at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London is lit green by Tourism Ireland in celebration ahead of St Patrick's Day. Matt Alexander/PA Wire .

Expelled DUP councillor Ruth Patterson has claimed St Patrick was a "former Protestant" as she calls on those planning a flag protest on St Patrick's Day to "re-think" their plans.

The former DUP councillor has been a strong supporter of the flag protests since the council voted for its removal from Belfast City Hall in 2012.

In November she was expelled from the party over an interview in this newspaper in which she lambasted the party leadership for parachuting junior minister Emma Pengelly into the Assembly seat vacated by Jimmy Spratt.

She will now stand against her as an Independent in the South Belfast constituency.

In a blog post ahead of the planned flag protest due to take place on St Patrick's Day she said there was no "strategic or political purpose" in the protest.

Tricolour has 'nothing to do with St Patrick'

When challenged on her change of mind she claimed St Patrick's day was "naked sectarianism."

She said the Tricolour has "nothing to do with St Patrick" before claiming he was a former Protestant.

She said: "I don't want the Unionist people brought in to a situation whereby they are seen to be the bad guys.

"St Patrick's day brings along with it naked sectarianism. We see hordes of marauding youths running around Belfast City Centre Draped in Tricolours.

"At the end of the day the Tricolour has nothing to do with St Patrick, St Patrick himself was a former Protestant."

When challenged that St Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, lived 1000 years before Protestants existed following the Reformation, she said: "Yes he may have but he was a Christian man in his beliefs. I see him as being a former Protestant."

She added: "I've been brought up with understanding St Patrick came from Christian faith and taught the faith throughout the whole of Ireland.

"Whilst we want to celebrate St Patrick's Day n Northern Ireland there always seems to be a group of people who hijack the day and turn it into something that it shouldn't be."

Flag protest leaflet campaign

While she insisted in the interview that she is happy for the weekly Saturday flag protests to continue - she revealed that she did not agree with the Unionist leaflet campaign ahead of the flag protests back in 2012.

Up to 40,000  leaflets were distributed in a joint operation carried out by DUP and UUP activists.

She said: "I had no part in the leaflets. I certainly did not agree with that in any shape or form.

"They came from within the DUP but I can quite categorically say as I sat in our room within city hall I said to my party group under no circumstances will I take anything to do with the production of these leaflets, payment or delivery of these leaflets.

"She added: "You cannot lead people to the top of the hill and not go over the top with them. I feel the DUP did that at the time.

"I'm very much you lead from the front if your people are prepared to come in behind."

Ruth Patterson at a flag protest at Belfast City Hall
Ruth Patterson at a flag protest at Belfast City Hall

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