Anger at Cumann na mBan flag in Co Down seaside resort
A local UUP representative has said that visitors to a Northern Ireland seaside resort have expressed their displeasure at a paramilitary flag flying in the area.
The flag, which depicts a rifle, is currently flying in Newcastle, Co Down. Ulster Unionist Alan Lewis has condemned the flying of the flag.
He said the flag bears the phrase 'Cumann na mBan' which translates as 'The Women's Council' - an Irish republican women's paramilitary group founded in 1914.
The group was traditionally linked with Sinn Fein and the IRA but split off after Sinn Fein entered mainstream politics in the 1980s.
Cumann na mBan is a banned organisation in the United Kingdom under the Terrorism Act 2000
Mr Lewis said he had been contacted about the flag by people visiting the town.
"I’m shocked but not surprised. Newcastle is a busy tourist destination especially over the Easter weekend," he said.
"Visitors have contacted me to voice disgust at republican paramilitary flags which are flying along central promenade, not to mention the blatant display of militant glorification on display as a parade took place down Main Street on a busy Sunday afternoon.
"It’s unfortunate that republican coat trailing continues in South Down, damaging community relations while creating unnecessary animosity.
"I call on those with influence to recognise the repercussions of their actions."
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