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One year on, flags’ commission report is the only thing not on display this summer

Jon Tonge


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Respect: Irish tricolour and Union flags fly together at Windsor during the first official visit by Michael D Higgins, the head of state of the Irish Republic to the United Kingdom in 2014

Respect: Irish tricolour and Union flags fly together at Windsor during the first official visit by Michael D Higgins, the head of state of the Irish Republic to the United Kingdom in 2014

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Respect: Irish tricolour and Union flags fly together at Windsor during the first official visit by Michael D Higgins, the head of state of the Irish Republic to the United Kingdom in 2014

You can’t eat a flag,” John Hume famously said. What about a report on flags, though? It is five years since the Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition (FICT) was established by the First and Deputy First Minister and a year since it submitted its report. But the FM and DFM appear to have eaten the Commission’s homework.

This was a commission you paid for, at a cost exceeding £800,000. Enough for a flagpole on every house. Wonder how many Executive ministers would spend their own money on a no-refund present not far shy of a million pounds and then discard the gift?


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