10 July 2008 Edition

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Ó Donnghaile slams abuse of Tricolour

Niall Ó Donnghaile

Niall Ó Donnghaile

SINN FÉIN’s East Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has expressed disgust and offence at the selling of what are being referred to as ‘Fenian Flags’, which are in actual fact the Irish National Flag, in the Union Jack Shop in East Belfast.
It is believed that the flags are being sold to loyalists to be burned on Twelfth bonfires.
“First of all I want to express how totally bigoted and sectarian an exercise this is. What is the purpose of selling the flags in this part of the City other than to desecrate them? Will this desecration be taking place at events sponsored by Belfast City Council?”, Niall Ó Donnghaile asked on Wednesday.
He called on the owners of the shop to reflect on the hard work put in by community workers and political representative across East Belfast and ensure a quiet and peaceful summer in Belfast.
 “This type of irresponsible bigotry does nothing to assist that work.”

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