Sunday 17 December 2017

Dearbhail McDonald: Great care is needed if flag of hard-won peace is to keep flying

Dearbhail McDonald, Legal Affairs Editor

I WISH that acute embarrassment during the high-profile visit to Dublin and Belfast of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the only consequence of the unholy flags row.

Instead, the ever-fragile peace process – and the new democratic era heralded by the 1998 Good Friday Agreement – is itself under attack following death threats against East Belfast MP Naomi Long, the deputy leader of the Alliance Party.

Earlier this week, the Alliance Party tried to broker a compromise between nationalists and unionists on Belfast City Council when it voted to limit the flying of the Union Flag at Belfast's City Hall. The Union Jack flag had previously been flown every single day.

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