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Tricolour a flag for everyone

The Irish tricolour has become a symbol of division since partition in 1921 and has become somewhat distorted over time. The idea for the tricolour came from one of Ireland's great historical figures, Thomas Francis Meagher, who, while in France at the time of the revolution of 1848, developed the idea of the national flag of Ireland from the French tricolour. The colours of the flag are green, white and orange as Meagher wanted a flag that would unite the Roman Catholic (green) and Protestant (orange) tradition with the white signifying a lasting truce.

The tricolour is a Roman Catholic and a Protestant flag - both a nationalist and unionist flag which should be embraced.

RYAN PADRAIG KELLY

Armagh City

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