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Dual flag flying won't solve our identity crisis

Kevin Docherty (Letters November 16) asks if he is naive in suggesting that flying the Irish flag alongside the Union flag would solve the flags problem here. Yes, Kevin, you are naive.

I have nothing against the flag of my neighbour, but to fly it alongside the Union flag on public buildings etc, with the equal status that would suggest, would imply shared sovereignty over the territory of Northern Ireland.

That is not only inappropriate but offensive to both nations.

Kevin is right in stating that not many unionists know what is represented by the colours of the Irish flag. The same can be said for many republicans. It is a noble representation of the desire for peace and unity between the two traditions on the island, first used I believe by the United Irishmen (founded by, and containing many Protestants, particularly Presbyterians) and originally configured as orange, white and green, the reverse of the modern Irish flag.

It should also be remembered that the Union flag is also a tricolour since this simply means a flag consisting of three colours, as many of the world's flags do. And since the Union flag contains the cross of St Patrick, cannot this be taken to represent any citizen with a particularly Irish feeling?

Martyn Boyd


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