Briefing on Irish tricolour at Stormont later

The Irish tricolour and another unsanctioned flag flew over Parliament Buildings for around 10 minutes on Wednesday
The Irish tricolour and another unsanctioned flag flew over Parliament Buildings for around 10 minutes on Wednesday

Questions over how an Irish tricolour flag was flown at Stormont are being asked later today during an Assembly briefing.

Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin and members of the Assembly Commission are due to meet to establish how the flag got on the roof.

A police investigation is under way into the incident after the flag appeared over Parliament Buildings for a time on Wednesday.

Ulster Unionist Tom Elliott said people should respect Northern Ireland’s constitutional position.

A spokesperson for the assembly said it was aware that “two flags were flown without permission from the roof” and it was investigating.

DUP assembly member Peter Weir said he had been assured by the assembly that “these were rogue actions and are being fully investigated”.

“The point is if you have a situation where these sizeable flags can be put on top of Stormont’s roof what is to stop someone bringing on a banner another day? There are serious issues here.”

SDLP Assembly Member John Dallat MLA has called on other members to retain a sense of perspective.

“The arrangements for flying flags at the Assembly should, of course, be upheld. But there are much more important matters to tackle than if an Irish tricolour flies over the Northern Ireland Assembly,” he said.