Monday 22 January 2018

Tricolour could fly over British council for Easter Rising

The Harris Museum in Preston
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THE Irish tricolour could fly over a British council town hall to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

The prospect of flying the flag has been revealed in correspondence, seen by the Irish Independent, between Preston Council and a former British soldier.

In the correspondence, Labour Councillor Robert Boswell writes: "The Irish community in Preston is considering asking us to fly the Irish tricolour to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter uprising in 2016."

The comments were in response to an email from the soldier who said he was unhappy that the Palestinian flag had been flown over the town hall last year.

The soldier said such an act would be "treason" and that the Easter Rising "in effect started off the IRA, who proceeded to murder over 3,000 British soldiers and innocent men, women and children".

Cllr Boswell, who decided to fly the Palestinian flag last year, last night said that no approach had yet been made to the council to fly the tricolour.

"Any such request would be considered in the normal way," he said, adding his "own personal view" was that the tricolour should not be flown.

Irish Independent

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