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Respect needed for traditions

On my travels throughout Northern Ireland, in unionist strongholds Faugh-A-Ballagh has been evident on numerous flags - particularly in the run up to the Twelth of July.

This was initially the war cry of the Royal Irish Fusiliers, which ironically consisted of soldiers from all over Ireland - both nationalist and Protestant.

The Royal Irish Fusiliers, which fought in conflicts around the world in the pursuit of democracy and freedom, evolved into the Irish Volunteers and finally into the RIR.

I guess this confirms that, in Northern Ireland, our traditions are intertwined and should be celebrated and respected.

We are all part of one race - the human race - and we share fundamentally the same origins.


Armagh City