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Poll: Should Union Flag and Irish Tricolour both be flown at Stormont?

Unionist fury as tricolour is hoisted above Stormont

Published 04/06/2015

Northern Ireland flag submissions - by Belfast Telegraph readers. Taking the idea that no matter what new flag is proposed it will cause fury with at least one set of mouth breathers on either side how about this radical design that will infuriate bigots on both sides equally? Perhaps they can finally be united through flag hatred? Submitted by Mick McMenemie
Northern Ireland flag submissions - by Belfast Telegraph readers. Taking the idea that no matter what new flag is proposed it will cause fury with at least one set of mouth breathers on either side how about this radical design that will infuriate bigots on both sides equally? Perhaps they can finally be united through flag hatred? Submitted by Mick McMenemie
Northern Ireland flag submissions - by Belfast Telegraph readers. Here's my effort - from Ken Wilson
Northern Ireland flag submissions - by Belfast Telegraph readers Flag represents Northern Ireland on the Island of Ireland as part of the United Kingdom. Would be a great flag ;) New Northern Ireland flag proposal - submitted by Harry Fitzsimons
Henry Hill- 'My idea is based on the Cross of St Patrick, a flag often used in all-Ireland contexts but also associated with Ireland's place in the Union'
Northern Ireland flag submissions - by Belfast Telegraph readers
'Probably the only flag that both sides could possibly come to love. Perhaps the colour scheme is a bit biased.' - Conor O'Neill
Northern Ireland flag submission from Derek Heaney, Ballymartin, Co Down
Northern Ireland flag submission
Northern Ireland flag submission from Niamh-Ann Brown
Northern Ireland flag submission from Shane McCaul
'We all love green and white in this country. We have a Northern Irish heritage that is distinct from Britain and the rest of Ireland; that's the ring in the centre.' - Dean Douglas
'This is based mainly on the cross of St Patrick, which can be respected by all communities.' - Susanne Daniels
'From left to right, it's the history of NI, starting with common roots, protestant over catholic authority, meeting in the middle (of the triangle) and ending with a blue sky of possibilities in the future.' - Greg Fretz
Northern Ireland flag submission from Barry, featuring a T-Rex, Mr Peanut, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Darth Vader's Tie fighter and Sammy Hagar of Van Halen fame
'Something for everyone' from Bernie
'Two Red Hands of Ulster together framing the future.' - Tom Cosgrove
Northern Ireland flag submission from Patrick Mc Caffery, Belfast
Northern Ireland flag submission
Northern Ireland flag submission from Lew Milligan
Northern Ireland flag submission from Ewout Lamé
"The Ready Saltire. No apologies for the cheese-(and onion)-y pun." - Dave Regan
Northern Ireland flag submission
Northern Ireland flag submission from Chris Connolly, Washington D.C
Northern Ireland flag submission from Wayne
Northern Ireland flag submission from Hilary Reid
Northern Ireland flag submission from Chris Connolly, Washington D.C
"The symbols from top clock wise are: Red Hand of Ulster, Irish Harp, crown, and shamrock" - Preston
"A white and golden cross of Saint Brigit's placed over a blue field of Saint Patrick." - Rodney Tyson Jr
"A white and blue cross of Saint Bridget placed over a field of Irish green." - Rodney Tyson Jr
"A potential and literal representation of Northern Ireland's identity, a British Ensign twinned with Ulster provincial colours." - Rodney Tyson Jr
Northern Ireland flag submission the 'new dawn'
"This places a Scottish St Andrew’s Saltire on an Irish Green field. It is also the flag adopted by the 2018 Northern Ireland Funlympics" - Steve Porter
"Just about sums up this place" - Mark Lynch
By Stephen Donnelly, Armagh
From Ryan Tiernan, Belfast.
By Robert Morrow
"So both sides could get on in Northern Ireland" - Gary Armour
"No controversial symbols or colours yet includes a symbol that is acceptable to all sides, the Celtic Cross, bearing old colours of St Patrick's Blue, St Andrew if you like, and the blue-green rush of St Bridget's cross." - Michael Yore
Northern Ireland flag submission from Bill O'Donnell, Missouri, USA
"St Patrick's saltire (as used on the Union Jack) with an Ulster red hand. Simple, but effective, and it stands out" - Charles Morgan
Northern Ireland flag submission from Gary Armour
Northern Ireland flag submission from Bill O'Donnell, Missouri, USA
Northern Ireland flag submission from Steven Dick
Henry Hill- 'My idea is based on the Cross of St Patrick, a flag often used in all-Ireland contexts but also associated with Ireland's place in the Union'
James Martin - 'I am a citizen of Earth and feel it should be appealing to everyone as nobody can argue with being from Earth. Unless aliens invade in an Independence Day fashion'
New Northern Ireland flag proposal - submitted by Daniel Herwich
Suggestion from Ryan McGowan
My name is Richard Weir and attached is my submission for a new NI flag
New Northern Ireland flag proposal - submitted by Declan Murphy
New Northern Ireland flag proposal - submitted by Gerard Catney
Submitted by James Byrne: 'The idea here is the traditional colours of democracy forming the tricolor (much like the French flag). The hand of Ulster is present, but instead of presenting the palm in an obstructive gesture, it's cradling a green olive branch (in the same shade of green as the ROI tricolor), framed beneath the country's national flow, the Flax. The entire flag is framed in white, a colour of peace.'
I am German-Ulster Scots-American and love vexillology. here's my submission for a new Northern Ireland flag. - Ken Scherer
My design is inspired by that of the Scandinavian countries, however, I thought it more appropriate to feature a stylised Celtic cross in the design. The colours are very simple - a blueish green to represent Ireland, with red and blue lines symbolising Britain and echoing the style of the Union Flag. The fields of white represent peace and forgiveness. - Samuel Cardwell
New Northern Ireland flag proposal - submitted by Grahame Gallagher
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New Northern Ireland flag proposal - submitted by Kevin Latimer
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New Northern Ireland flag proposal - submitted by Brendan Harkin
New Northern Ireland flag proposal - submitted by Thomas Brownlee
New Northern Ireland flag proposal - submitted by John Gorman
Dark green is for the mix of orange and green of the republic of Ireland and the pink/purple colour is for the mix of the union jack the rest is the red hand of ulster. - Submitted by Emma Sheeran
Submitted by Ian James Parsley - "There is a tendency when designing potential new "Northern Ireland flags" to make them complicated. In fact, if any new flag is to be widely accepted, it has to be simple yet distinctive. The attached combines the two colours of St Patrick (the more modern emerald and traditional azure) on a diagonal cross (as per the flag of the Order of St Patrick and also of St Andrew). "Some dislike the direct placement of blue on green, but I argue it is light enough to work and that it is precisely this placement which gives the flag its distinctiveness. It would immediately stand out from any others - I would imagine it would even come to be known as simply "the emerald-azure".
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New Northern Ireland flag proposal - submitted by James Lynch
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Unionist politicians are furious after "rogue actions" led to the Irish tricolour flying over Parliament Buildings.

An Assembly investigation is under way after two flags were spotted fluttering in the breeze on Wednesday for around 10 minutes before being removed.

The PUP has also reported the matter to the police to investigate "potential incitement and criminal damage".

But not everyone at Stormont was unhappy.

"Looking forward to going back to Stormont tomorrow! #flytheflag," Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney wrote on Twitter.

Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson wrote: "Irish flag flown over Stormont - whether authorised or not it is right that the Irish flag should fly over Stormont and other buildings too."

DUP MLA and Assembly chief whip Peter Weir has written to Assembly Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin and chief executive Trevor Reaney "demanding an explanation" as to why the flag went up yesterday.

The roof and the fourth floor of Parliament Buildings are currently undergoing building work.

Mr Weir added: "Whatever the motivation behind this, there must be a full explanation from the Assembly as to who had access to the flagpoles and who was responsible for this action.

"If it was carried out by someone working for an outside contractor then this surely would represent a breach of contract, which should result in sanction.

The Irish tricolour on a flagpole over Parliament Buildings at Stormont yesterday
The Irish tricolour on a flagpole over Parliament Buildings at Stormont yesterday
Winston Irvine

"It would also place an onus on the company to take disciplinary action against those responsible.

"I have inquired too whether the Union flags, flying to mark Coronation Day, were interfered with yesterday (Tuesday).

"I have been assured by the Assembly that these were rogue actions and are being fully investigated."

Winston Irvine of the PUP shared the photo on Twitter and said he had reported the incident to the PSNI.

Mr Irvine said if someone removed the "stars and stripes from the White House it wouldn't be taken that lightly", and said it was an issue of "potential incitement and criminal damage".

"We certainly believe a crime has been committed and the law has been broken and the police are carrying out a full and thorough official investigation," he said.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone UUP MP Tom Elliott said the brief flying of "two republican flags" would provoke community tensions.

"It was no doubt done to attract attention and cause offence and annoyance," he said.

"The Ulster Unionist Party will be seeking a full explanation of how this could happen.

"We are perfectly clear that the Union flag is the only flag that should fly over Stormont in order to reflect and respect the sovereignty of the United Kingdom."

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister called it "a serious breach of protocol and absolutely unacceptable".

A PSNI spokesman said: "We are aware of the flag and are investigating the circumstances."

The Assembly Commission - which is responsible for hoisting the flag - is also investigating.

A spokesman said: "The Speaker is clear that the commission needs to be able to consider this matter in full possession of the facts of the situation."

Mr McLaughlin has invited members of the commission to a briefing today for an update from the Assembly Clerk on any initial findings about the incident.

"A full meeting of the commission will then be held on Monday when all commission members are available and when it is anticipated that more information will be known," the spokesman added.

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“The Northern Ireland Assembly was made aware that two flags were flown without permission from the roof of Parliament Buildings for a short time today. As soon as the Assembly was made aware of the incident, the flags were removed. The Assembly is investigating the incident.”

Assembly official

Belfast Telegraph

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