Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 29 May 2016

Sinn Fein charging £10 for tricolours to celebrate Easter Rising

By Suzanne Breen

Published 15/03/2016

Bobby Storey
Bobby Storey
Some of the merchandise on sale on Sinn Fein’s website
Some of the merchandise on sale on Sinn Fein’s website

Sinn Fein is charging residents in west Belfast £10 each to erect tricolours outside their homes to commemorate the Easter Rising.

In a message to householders, Sinn Fein said it wanted to offer local people the opportunity to honour the 1916 rebellion.

Republican sources told the Belfast Telegraph that, if ordered in bulk, tricolours and other flags commemorating the Rising can be bought from the Far East for as little as 44p each.

Sinn Fein has previously been accused of trying to cash in on the Rising with centenary bonds, signed by leading republican Bobby Storey, being put on sale for £112.24.

Senator Mairia Cahill blasted the product as a waste of money.

She said: "Sinn Fein has a track record on shamelessly making money from the dead to swell party coffers and this is the latest example.

"They once sold my uncle's funeral for £5 on DVD so I'm not surprised that they've hijacked the Easter Rising for their own ends."

The framed certificates are being sold from Parnell Square in Dublin through the website Revolution 1916. Easter Rising hoodies - which come in military green or light pink - are on sale for £31.02 each.

1916 polo tops can be purchased for £27.14. Other items on sale are Easter Rising T-shirts for £15.50 and baseball caps for £11.63.

Launching the sale of flags in Belfast on Twitter, Sinn Fein said: "This year's Easter parade will be bigger and better than anything we've seen before in Belfast.

"To play our part in the pageantry, we have decided to offer residents the chance to have our national flag flown from their houses. The cost is £10, this includes the flag, holder, pole, screws and installation."

Those wishing to take up the offer are asked to contact a mobile phone number or Sinn Fein.

When asked about charging residents for flags, a Sinn Fein spokesman said: "The flags on people's homes will be flown to celebrate the centenary events of the Easter Rising of 1916, a seminal chapter in this island's history.

"There has been a considerable uptake given the significance of this year for republicans across Ireland and further afield."

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