If Derry City and Strabane District Council are to allow their staff to wear Easter Lilies, then I assume Ulster Volunteer Force badges are perfectly acceptable?
Both the symbolic use of the lily flower and the name UVF came to prominence during the first quarter of the Twentieth Century, those associated with them being held in high regard by their respective communities.
The similarities don’t end there.
For in the second half of that same century, both symbols and the identities they represented were highjacked by paramilitaries who for decades wrought death and destruction on the on the entire island.
We should never forget the senseless slaughter at Greysteel or La Mon, the protection rackets that bled both communities dry, or that 23 members of the Garda lost their lives mainly preventing robberies by those who saw themselves as Irish patriots!
Alex Swan, Drumbo, member of the UUP executive and ex-chairman of its Lagan Valley association