New flags protocol for Belfast's Ormeau Road announced
A new flags protocol for the Ormeau Road in south Belfast has been agreed ahead on this year's traditional parading season.
The protocol will ensure flags will go up in the middle of June and be taken down no later than early September.
The flags to be displayed are the Union Flag and the Northern Ireland flag, with no flags associated with paramilitary groups being allowed.
There will be no more than one flag per lamp post and there will be no flag on the lamp post nearest the entrance to the Catholic Church near Rosetta roundabout.
DUP MLA Christopher Stalford welcomed the most as a positive step.
"Having met with those behind this initiative and talked with them I am convinced that they are about the work of trying to improve community relations in the Ballynafeigh area," he said.
"It is in everyone's interests for issues around identity and culture to be addressed in a spirit of neighbourliness and respect.
"I acknowledge that this flag protocol relating to the Ormeau Road is a positive step in creating that environment in Ballynafeigh and welcome those involved for their efforts.
He added: "I hope that the terms of the protocol will be adhered to and that people can enjoy the expression of their identity in a peaceable way.
"I believe it is a good model that will hopefully expand beyond the Ormeau Road.
"I acknowledge that for some people this protocol may not go far enough but I hope that it will be seen as an attempt to address an issue that was causing concern last year."
Belfast Telegraph Digital