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Fears of ‘tit-for-tat’ flag campaign

A tricolour outside the Recycling Centre on Kennedy Way in West Belfast

A tricolour outside the Recycling Centre on Kennedy Way in West Belfast

An Irish tricolour has appeared at a council facility in west Belfast.

It was spotted flying late last week over a CCTV camera which appears to overlook a storage depot in Kennedy Way.

It follows reports that Union Flags had been put up at other council depots in the city in May.

The council said in a statement yesterday: “We are keeping the situation with flags being erected on the perimeter of our premises under review, and we assess each situation individually.

“This is a sensitive issue and we are working with local representatives to try resolve it.”

Asked yesterday morning whether the flag had been removed or if anyone had been disciplined, the council said: “We have no further statement at this time.”

But when asked again later a council spokesperson said that as far as they were aware it was still believed to be up.

The News Letter also asked what had happened to the Union Flags, but the council just repeated its earlier statement.

The paper was alerted to the Irish tricolour by a man claiming to be a council worker. Since it was attached to a camera, he imagined it would be “pretty easy” to find out who had put it up.

He said: “There shouldn’t be any flags or emblems hanging off any depots,” adding he was worried there was a “tit-for-tat” flag campaign going on.

 

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