Friday 25 April 2014

Tricolour could fly over Stormont during visits by Taoiseach

THE tricolour could fly over Stormont alongside the union flag when Irish selected dignitaries are in Northern Ireland.

A new paper suggests that the Assembly Commission should consider flying the tricolour when President Michael D Higgins or Taoiseach Enda Kenny are present.

But Northern Ireland's First Minister, Peter Robinson, immediately demanded changes to Richard Haass's proposals to deal with contentious flags and parades.

The DUP leader said he could not agree to any of the papers on the talks table and claimed matters seemed to be moving backwards on flags.

"Nobody is throwing the towel in at this stage.

"We are just saying that there is not a set of proposals that we can support, agree to or recommend," he said.

Sinn Fein remained silent, but in a tweet Martin McGuinness appeared to challenge Mr Robinson to hold his nerve.

"The more excitable amongst us should cool their jets," he said.

However, yesterday, none of the parties were prepared to sign up to the proposals as they stood.

Former US diplomat Mr Haass has also been in London to meet Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers ahead of further five-party talks later this week.

Irish Independent

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