Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Talks held on proposal to fly Irish tricolour at Stormont

The body which runs the Assembly has held its first meeting to discuss proposals which include the possibility of flying the Irish tricolour at Stormont.

The initial session heard a presentation on the issue, but an Assembly spokeswoman said that no details were being made public for now.

As revealed in the Belfast Telegraph earlier this month, the five-strong commission, chaired by Speaker William Hay, agreed to discuss the tricolour controversy for the first time.

The five Assembly Commission members — Peter Weir for the DUP, Barry McElduff of Sinn Fein, Ulster Unionist Leslie Cree, the SDLP’s Pat Ramsey and Alliance’s Judith Cochrane — usually attempt to reach a consensus rather than vote.

SDLP and Sinn Fein are in support of the motion, but even were it forced to a division and Alliance were to support nationalists, the weighted vote mechanism would mean that unionists would carry the day.

Ms Cochrane told the Telegraph: “We support the current policy of just the union flag being flown on designated days.”

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