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State Papers: In 1998, NIO considered flying Irish Tricolour on government buildings in Northern Ireland

Idea quickly rejected in favour of cutting the days Union Flag flown

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The possibility of flying both British and Irish flags was suggested

The possibility of flying both British and Irish flags was suggested

The possibility of flying both British and Irish flags was suggested

The NIO examined the possibility of not flying the Union Flag at all on government buildings in Northern Ireland — or flying it alongside the Irish Tricolour, a declassified government document has revealed.

Both ideas were quickly rejected, and the government instead moved to restrict the flying of the Union Flag before devolution was restored — but only after quietly consulting David Trimble and Seamus Mallon.


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