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Let's have a new flag everyone can agree on

Published 27/07/2016

It has been proposed at Westminster that the Red Cross of Saint Patrick be made the flag of Northern Ireland. I doubt that will find favour in the Catholic community.

However, the Red Cross of St Patrick can be incorporated into a redesign of the Irish tricolour and a new, all-Ireland flag created - The Royal Flag of Ireland - which can be a flag for all, be it the Christians of Kerry, or the Christians of Derry.

The Royal Flag of Ireland will have the Catholic colours of green, white and orange and the Protestant colours of red, white and blue.

The Red Cross of St Patrick can symbolise the togetherness of Ireland and Great Britain and the blue of the Royal Standard of Ireland (a flag devised by Henry VIII and retained in the Queen's Royal Standard) can symbolise the togetherness of the Crown and the Irish people. This should symbolise the federal Kingdom of Ireland.

Surely, the Royal Flag of Ireland can be a flag for the togetherness of all?

MICHAEL GILLESPIE

Londonderry

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