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Old 12-03-2012, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Is the council run by idiots or what?

Five police officers have been hurt during disorder in Belfast that erupted minutes after the council voted to change its policy on the Union flag.

A number of loyalist protesters tried to force their way into Belfast City Hall where the vote took place.

Two security staff at the hall and a press photographer were also injured. Separately, trouble broke out on the Lower Newtownards Road in east Belfast.

The council voted to fly the flag only on 15 designated days during the year.

It marks a change to the current policy by which the flag is displayed outside the building 365 days a year, but the council's decision has angered many loyalists.

Some of the protesters who had gathered outside the city hall used metal barriers, bottles and golf balls to attack police.

BBC News - Trouble erupts in Belfast after council votes to change Union flag policy
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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yeah , you can always rely on unionist thugs to get upset when equality and the wishes of other people are respected

the union flag doesnt even fly every day of the year over buckingham palace , designated days is the norm in dublin aswell when it comes to flag displays

the correct way to do it is for the union jack and the tri colour to fly side by side , unfortunatley unionist politicans were unwilling to make such a gesture to the 45% catholic community
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:44 PM
 
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Reply - "the union flag doesnt even fly every day of the year over buckingham palace , designated days is the norm in dublin aswell when it comes to flag displays"

I didn't know that, thats changed my mind a bit.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:29 PM
 
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Reply - "the union flag doesnt even fly every day of the year over buckingham palace , designated days is the norm in dublin aswell when it comes to flag displays"

I didn't know that, thats changed my mind a bit.

wasnt just sinn fein who backed the move , the alliance party ( mostley protestant ) supported the motion
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:10 PM
 
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yeah , you can always rely on unionist thugs to get upset when equality and the wishes of other people are respected

the union flag doesnt even fly every day of the year over buckingham palace , designated days is the norm in dublin aswell when it comes to flag displays

the correct way to do it is for the union jack and the tri colour to fly side by side , unfortunatley unionist politicans were unwilling to make such a gesture to the 45% catholic community
23. A flag always flies above Buckingham Palace. When The Queen is in residence, the Royal Standard flies. When the Sovereign is not present, the Union Flag flies instead. A flag serjeant has the role of raising and lowering the right flag as The Queen arrives at or departs from the Palace.

Fact files > 40 facts about Buckingham Palace
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Considering Northern Ireland is in the UK, and the majority of people wish to keep it that way, the Union Flag should fly at all times, like it does everywhere else.

But I guess Northern Ireland is a special case, considering violence erupts all the time over the silliest little insignificant things, and considering there is a sizable minority who would happily reunite with the Republic, this is the second best outcome (the best would be to fly both flags).
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:40 PM
 
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A police voice aforesaid they'd deployed extra resources to trot out public disorder at Belfast hall and also the Lower Newtownards Road space of east Belfast.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:58 AM
 
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Considering Northern Ireland is in the UK, and the majority of people wish to keep it that way, the Union Flag should fly at all times, like it does everywhere else.

But I guess Northern Ireland is a special case, considering violence erupts all the time over the silliest little insignificant things, and considering there is a sizable minority who would happily reunite with the Republic, this is the second best outcome (the best would be to fly both flags).

that minority you refer to were not the ones who engaged in violent thuggery , northern ireland is not comparable to some other region of the uk like yorkshire or cornwall
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:22 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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Northern Ireland doesn't have a flag so what flag will they they put up instead the irish republic flag?
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:26 AM
 
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Northern Ireland doesn't have a flag so what flag will they they put up instead the irish republic flag?
They should not be flying the flag of the Republic of Ireland. That is the flag of a foreign country. Norther Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. They should either fly the Union flag or the Ulster one.
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