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Society crying out for a proper policy on flags

There is understandable frustration and outrage about flags appearing in what is officially a shared neighbourhood in south Belfast, and this has rightly led to concerns being expressed in a peaceful but determined matter both by the local population and the wider community.

However, this does raise the broader issue of whether people anywhere should have flags, banners, or placards erected on public property in their neighbourhood without local consultation, regardless of whether this is deemed to be shared space or not.

It is convenient for some to pin the issue to particular localities and even to emblems perceived to be from one side or another.

In fact, what is required is a solution that applies across Northern Ireland, so that flags and emblems displayed in public are done so respectfully, with local backing as a means of commemoration or celebration.

Paula Bradshaw (Alliance Party)

MLA for South Belfast

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