Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

SDLP claims seven police officers investigating tricolour on Stormont incident

By Claire Williamson

Published 08/06/2015

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
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
New Northern Ireland flag proposal - submitted by Kevin Latimer
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
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".
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
New Northern Ireland flag proposal - submitted by James Lynch
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag
Some of our reader submissions for a new Northern Ireland flag

An SDLP MLA has slammed the police investigation into the flying of the Irish Tricolour over Parliament buildings last week as "scandalous" and that it is turning Stormont into a "laughing stock".

Unionists reacted angrily after an Irish Tricolour was flown from Stormont last week.  

East Derry MLA John Dallat dismissed the incident as a prank and criticised the amount of police resources dealing with the fallout.

It was reported to the PSNI who have started an investigation - Mr Dallat has claimed there are seven detectives investigating the incident.

The roof and fourth floor of Parliament Buildings are currently undergoing construction work and is under the control of building contractors.

In a statement the Assembly said "two flags were flown without permission from the roof" and that it was investigating the incident.

Mr Dallat claimed there are seven detectives investigating the flag incident and that security staff are being instructed to scan workers.

He said: “I have been told that there were seven detectives interviewing workers in Stormont on Friday with an additional three constables bringing in individuals to be interviewed in three locations in the building. This morning I have been told that security staff has been given instructions to scan workers to intercept any other flags which might be weaving their way onto the roof of Parliament buildings.

“These revelations are both laughable and lamentable. With serious crime on the increase, hundreds of murders unsolved across the North and harsh public sector cuts being implemented on the PSNI, having seven detectives tied up investigating a flag is scandalous.

“Too much is being done to placate the calls of some people who simply have no sense of humour. I feel sorry for the workers who have operated in some of the most inclement weather and worked very hard to restore the roof on Parliament Buildings. Perhaps the real problem is that there is no room up on the hill for a little mischief making.”

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

The Assembly spokesperson said that as soon as they was made aware of the incident the flags were removed.

The PUP called for the police investigation while the DUP wrote to the assembly speaker Mitchell McLaughlin demanding an explanation.

A spokeswoman for the PSNI said: "We do not comment on operational matters, however where Police receive a complaint we have a duty to investigate."

Further reading:

Irish Tricolour flag pictured flying over Stormont: PUP demand police investigation

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

Stormont tricolour furore: Health and Safety Executive called in

 

Online Editors

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph