Slogans should not be written on Tricolour, insists Ó Cuív
Irish fans have been accused of abusing the national flag by writing inappropriate slogans on them.
Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív told the Irish Independent "very strict protocol" applied to the Tricolour.
"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 not a team flag. People have to show respect and treat it appropriately. It's absolutely against the protocol to add to it.
"Definitely there should be no writing on it or dragging it along the ground."
Irish superfan Davy Keogh thinks it is the "youth of the day" creating disrespectful flags.
He said: "I don't mind something simple saying 'Shane Long is a legend' or something, but not some stupid slogan - those (vulgar) ones wouldn't be my kettle of fish at all. They probably won't be allowed hang them up in the stadium, security will just take them down."