Saturday 14 December 2019

Fans told not to deface national flag

Irish Fans, Eoghan Maloney, David Conway, Ronan Kirby. Brian Treacy and Padraig Kirby, all from Limerick pictured at Dublin Airport on their way to France for Euro 2016. Photo: Collins
Irish Fans, Eoghan Maloney, David Conway, Ronan Kirby. Brian Treacy and Padraig Kirby, all from Limerick pictured at Dublin Airport on their way to France for Euro 2016. Photo: Collins
John Downing

John Downing

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan believes the 1916 centenary celebrations have reminded us of the symbolic importance of the tricolour.

Mr Flanagan made the comments as he urged fans not to deface the flag during the 2016 Euro tournament.

He said the 1916 programme, which saw the army present flags to primary schools, had been a big success.

"It reminded us to treat our national flag with respect always," Mr Flanagan said.

On the eve of Ireland's kick-off in the tournament in Paris this evening, Mr Flanagan said he was worried some fans may disrespect the tricolour by covering it in slogans.

"I am concerned that a small number of fans deface the flag, our symbol of peace between the two big Irish traditions, in various ways," the minister added.

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