Remove orange from the tricolour

The Irish tricolour flag
The Irish tricolour flag

I would like to unfurl an idea for discussion regarding the Irish tricolour which featured significantly in the recent 1916 commemorations.

I won’t go into the flag’s colourful history prior to 1916. However, I understand that the orange in the flag represents Protestants living on the island of Ireland in a hoped for united Ireland.

It should be obvious to all, in this day and age, that the unitary aspiration is a non sequitur and this should be faced up to.

I suggest, therefore, that the orange in the flag be removed, with a proviso that should Northern Ireland’s Protestants ever freely decide to join the Irish Republic, and if acceptable to all, that the orange be restored to the flag.

Micheal O’Cathail, Fermanagh