On Saturday June 27 I read the News Letter and Sandra Chapman’s article about the flying of the Irish Tricolour and a Gaza flag in Coleraine council offices surprised me.
I had just taken my elderly mother for a drive around North Antrim where she grew up and was saddened to see the flags of terrorist organisations – the UVF and UDA – flying openly near Coleraine railway station, in the centre of Dervock and opposite the Bushmills distillery.
Someone flaunting an Irish flag in a private meeting does not disturb me nearly as much as terrorists marking out unionist areas as their territory.
I do not want my children to grow up in areas controlled by paramilitary organisations, yet every July it seems to be accepted that we in the unionist community have to live under UDA and UVF flags.
Why is the News Letter not addressing this issue, and why is the ‘Christian’ Orange Order not protesting about their annual celebration be hijacked by criminal elements of the UDA and UVF?