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Friday 20 July 2018

Dublin councillors vote to fly Catalan flag at City Hall

Protesters in Sant Jaume square, Barcelona demanding the freedom of the leaders of Catalan separatist organisations who were jailed by Spain’s High Court. Photo: Reuters
Protesters in Sant Jaume square, Barcelona demanding the freedom of the leaders of Catalan separatist organisations who were jailed by Spain’s High Court. Photo: Reuters

Ryan Nugent

Dublin City councillors have voted in favour of flying the Catalan flag over City Hall next month.

The vote, which was put to the protocol committee in the council yesterday morning, was passed by a narrow margin of seven votes to five.

A motion was put forward by People Before Profit Councillor John Lyons following the violence in Catalonia last month during a vote on independence from Spain.

The motion read: "This council condemns the Spanish government's repression and violence perpetrated on citizens exercising their democratic right to vote and as such, in an act of solidarity and in recognition of this universal right to democracy and self-determination as established by international covenants, we agree to fly the Catalan flag over City Hall for one month."

It means that the decision will now go before the full city council at the December meeting, where it will then need to be ratified with a full council vote.

The motion was seconded by the city's Sinn Féin Lord Mayor Micheál Mac Donncha.

A Sinn Féin spokesman yesterday reaffirmed the party's total backing for the independence of Catalonia.

"We support the right of the Catalan people to decide their own future. They held a referendum on October 1 and the majority voted in favour of independence," the Sinn Féin spokesman said.

However, Fine Gael TD Noel Rock accused Sinn Féin of adopting contradictory positions. He told the Irish Independent: "It seems inconsistent that Sinn Féin wants to unite Ireland, wants to divide Spain and wants to do anything but the jobs it's elected to do both north and south of the Border."

Irish Independent

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