I noticed while reading a local newspaper this week a report that a DUP councillor in Tyrone has called on GAA supporters to remove flags and bunting from the county’s towns and villages.
Ian McCrea said that the bunting should be removed “in the interest of good community relations” and out of respect for those who do not support gaelic games.
Will Mr McCrea and his fellow DUP party colleagues follow suit and ask that all pro-union and loyalist paramilitary flags, bunting and other such things like LOL arches etc — not just in Tyrone but all over the north of Ireland — be taken down out of respect for those who do not support the armed British presence in the North of Ireland and out of respect for those who have had family members murdered by loyalist paramilitaries ?
How anyone could be offended (maybe apart from Armagh or Derry GAA supporters) by the colours of red and white is beyond me. Maybe before Mr McCrea thinks again about speaking on the topic of flags he might take a minute to imagine what it would be like if virtually every city, town and village in Northern Ireland had Irish tricolours hanging on the lamp posts. How would this make him feel ?
EAST BELFAST READER
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