DUP man calls for Union Flag removal

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The placing of a Union Flag in the grounds of a Catholic church in north Antrim has been branded “inappropriate and insensitive” by a DUP councillor.

John Finlay said those who erected the emblem at the Dervock church should remove it immediately.

Mr Finlay said: “As someone who is fully committed to the great Protestant principles of civil and religious liberty ... I am greatly offended by the refusal of some intolerant elements in our society to allow the loyal orders to exercise their democratic right of peaceful assembly and procession.

“On the basis of those same principles, I am saddened when I see some within my own community misusing our national flag in a way that is deliberately designed to offend or annoy.”