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Change has been on the agenda since unionist vote shrunk

Published 01/05/2013

PETER Robinson keeps saying the Alliance Party upset a stable situation at Belfast City Hall. Nobody was offended by the Union flag flying 365 days a year, he says.

The reality is that, since 1997, when unionists lost their majority at Belfast City Hall, change was on the agenda.

The unionist vote has shrunk further in elections since 1997. Not counting Alliance councillors, nationalist councillors now outnumber unionist councillors.

As the Alliance Party has pointed out, unionism had a chance to put forward a compromise some time between 1997 and now. It refused, so now finds itself forced to take action – especially in the light of an equality impact assessment.

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