Union Flag will fly 20 days each year

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The Union Flag will be flown from Belfast City Hall on 20 days throughout the year, the council has said.

The 20 statutory days will include the Duchess of Cambridge’s birthday.

On Monday night loyalist protestors gathered outside the city hall and a riot broke out as news emerged the majority of councillors had voted for the flag not to be flown all year round.

Eighteen people were injured during the violence.

Now the Alliance party are said to be considering supporting a motion to have the Union Flag flown at the cenotaph every day of the year.