Sinn Fein criticises Arlene Foster’s ‘weird’ defence of DUP Delight flag stance (News)

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Sinn Fein has described a declare from Arlene Foster {that a} bid to fly a Delight flag at a council constructing was a republican rouse to take away the Union flag as weird.

DUP chief Mrs Foster made the declare as she defended her occasion colleagues in Armagh Metropolis, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (ABC) for successfully blocking the erection of the rainbow-coloured flag at a council constructing on Saturday.

Councillors had already voted to fly the flag on the weekend, to coincide with the annual Delight Day within the area, however DUP members triggered a procedural mechanism on Tuesday, claiming correct course of had not been adopted.

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The “call-in” mechanism, which wants the backing of 15% of councillors, requires officers to hunt authorized recommendation on a plan of action earlier than continuing.

As such authorized processes usually are not set to be accomplished by Saturday, it’s unlikely the Delight flag will now fly as voted for.

Mrs Foster mentioned the DUP transfer was not about Delight, however about issues that the Union flag can be taken down from outdoors the constructing.

Sinn Fein dismissed the argument, highlighting there was multiple flag pole on the council.

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DUP chief Arlene Foster talking at a PinkNews LGBT occasion at Parliament Buildings, Stormont (Brian Lawless/PA)

Mrs Foster informed BBC Radio Ulster: “As I perceive it the difficulty shouldn’t be about Delight, the difficulty is about that the coverage within the ABC Council is simply to fly the Union flag and the Armed Forces Day flag, which in fact incorporates the Union flag, and colleagues in ABC Council space felt this was a rouse by republicans to take away our nationwide flag, and it’s not about respect or Delight in any respect.

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“And due to this fact in that context I do help my colleagues in ABC Council.

“We must always have respect for one another however not if it’s going for use as a rouse to take down the nationwide flag.”

Sinn Fein vice chairman Michelle O’Neill mentioned Mrs Foster’s feedback had been “disappointing”.

“Their perspective in the direction of the LGBT group is epitomised by their disgraceful makes an attempt to stop the erection of a Rainbow flag from a civic constructing and Arlene Foster’s defence of that was fairly frankly weird,” she mentioned.

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Sinn Fein’s vice chairman Michelle O’Neill mentioned Mrs Foster’s claims had been weird (Brian Lawless/PA)

The row comes weeks after Mrs Foster attended her first LGBT occasion.

The DUP continues to be closely criticised by homosexual rights activists for its refusal to legislate for identical intercourse marriage in Northern Eire. The occasion insists it’s defending the “conventional” definition of marriage.

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Inexperienced Occasion Meeting Member Clare Bailey MLA mentioned: “I can’t see any drawback with the Delight flag being flown throughout Delight Week in a respectful method.

“Sadly, nevertheless, Arlene Foster has described the Delight flag as a risk to the Union flag.

“This can be a purple herring – the council makes use of two flag poles and the Delight flag might be flown alongside the Union flag.

“It’s additionally an ironic place provided that Northern Eire sits outdoors the UK as a regressive place aside for queer individuals.

“The Delight flag shall be seen throughout Delight week throughout Northern Eire as individuals from all walks of life rejoice variety and name for equality.”

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