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Nationalists have written letters of complaint  to the Chief Executive of Belfast City Council about the amount of British symbols, including the Union flag, that are on display at the city Hall.

Nationalists have written letters of complaint to the Chief Executive of Belfast City Council about the amount of British symbols, including the Union flag, that are on display at the city Hall.

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Nationalists have written letters of complaint to the Chief Executive of Belfast City Council about the amount of British symbols, including the Union flag, that are on display at the city Hall.

Thousands of people are being asked to give their views on the flying of the Union flag over Belfast City Hall.

The 16-week public consultation is the final phase of a £12,000 probe launched by the city council over a year ago to look at if, when and how often the Union flag should be flown.

Ratepayers, politicians, council employees and visitors are also being quizzed on whether they are offended by the current levels of British and military memorabilia inside City Hall, in its grounds and in other council-run buildings.

Currently the Union flag flies every day over the landmark City Hall building and over the Ulster Hall and the Duncrue Complex on 15 days of the year — as is the case at Stormont’s Parliament Buildings.

The Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) was carried out after complaints from republican representatives.

Comments can be made through questionnaires and response forms which are available on the council website at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/equality.

Belfast Telegraph