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Sinn Fein's Mairtin O Muilleoir calls for Union flag to be removed from Belfast office

Finance Minister Mairtin O Muilleoir has called for the removal of the Union flag from his east Belfast government offices.

The Sinn Fein MLA asked for the flag to be removed from his departmental offices at Clare House on Monday, The Irish News reports.

The building is not on the list of government buildings in which the flag is to be flown on specified days.

However, it was flown there on designated days by previous officials including on Monday to mark the Duchess of Cambridge's birthday.

The Union Flag was flown on a number of government buildings across Northern Ireland on Monday.

However the Department of Finance said it was removed on Monday January 9 as it is not a designated day in the regulations

Mr O Muilleoir's demand could be one of the last things he does as Finance Minister as the Northern Ireland Assembly is set to collapse.

A Department of Finance spokeswoman said: "The Flags Regulations (NI) 2000 provided a list of government buildings in which the Union flag shall be flown on the days specified.

"As Clare House is not included in this list the Minister instructed officials to remove the flag.  January 9th is not a designated day in the regulations."

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