Thursday 29 September 2016

'People have to show it respect' - now politicians wade in on Ireland flag slogan controversy

Published 09/06/2016 | 12:24

Éamon Ó Cuív
Éamon Ó Cuív

Fianna Fáil TD told Independent.ie “very strict protocol” applies to the tricolour and some football fans are abusing the national flag.

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“It is our national flag. There are serious dos and don’ts and one of those is not to write slogans on it or drag it along the ground,” he said.

“It’s our national flag, it’s not a team flag. People have to show respect and treat it appropriately. It’s absolutely against the protocol to add to it.

“It’s great to see people proud of our flag and all that it stands for but they must treat it with respect. Definitely there should be no writing on it or dragging it along the ground,” said Mr O Cuiv.

Fine Gael’s Noel Rock, who hopes to travel to support the Boys in Green in France, said he has no problem with slogans on flags – but only to a point.

"It’s nice to see your town or community or team name on a flag in a stadium, or even ‘Davy Keogh says hello’.

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“But in the last few months it's gone a bit over the top. The biggest issue with a lot of these flags is that they simply aren't funny.

“I think if you look back in Euro 2020, a lot of these flags based on memes and soon-to-be outdated references are going to look pretty dated,” he said.

The Dublin North West TD added: "At the end of the day, it's up to people to support the team how they like - but I think this memes on flags fad will come and go at Euro 2016 like vuvuzelas did in 2010.”

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