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Tensions Simmer in Northern Ireland Months After Flag Protests

World  (tags: world, politics, news, europe, Ireland, Irish tensions, religion, history )

- 2243 days ago -
A fight over the Union Jack has released the kind of animosity many believed was history.


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Kit B (276)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 9:35 am

I do wish Britain would not keep pushing and trying to get things agitated all over again.

. (0)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 2:18 pm
According to this aricle the Union Jack has been fllying over the city council. every day. A band of lawmakers, for what ever reason, now want the number reduced to 18 days.
This is not Britain's doing, this is an attempt by a leftist wing (from the article) to try to open new wounds.

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 3:19 pm
"The Union Jack had flown above the building every day of the year since 1906." ------ I say, let it BE!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 4:39 pm
I hope the lawmakers will do what ever they need to do to keep the peace. There is so much violence in the world. We need to put an end to all of it, and focus on taking care of the needy, as well and cleaning up and protecting the planet. Thank you for keeping us informed.

John B (185)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 5:56 pm
Thanks Cal for posting the link to the article by Corinne Purtill.I find it absolutely amazing what people can come up with to fight over. Since this is part one of a three part series, I hope you will post the other two when they become available. Read and noted.

Louise D (44)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 11:39 pm
There are still extremist elements in Northern Ireland, the protests are really due to the bigots in the loyalist community who are spoon fed the sectarian bigotry of their parents. It's not the opening of new wounds it is merely the fact that there are still people who want to a little moral superiority, if not that a spot of violence. Many people don't seem to know how nasty the Ulster protestants can be, I had a friend of mine called a "Fenian bastard" and spat on by a drunk loyalist for wearing a green shirt in an Irish pub. T

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 4:06 am
Noted. Thanks.

Carol H (229)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 4:57 am
noted, thanks Cal

paul m (93)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 4:58 am

N.I. gets its money from Britain, so let the flag fly..

Frances Darcy (92)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 6:24 am
It is what the flag represents that is the problem...A protestant state for a protestant people...and many people who do not live in NI do not know what that means, ..only those who owned their own homes or businesses were allowed to vote in local elections and these were mostly protestant and many had more than 1 vote, so the protastant community had controll of things such as allocating council houses and treated catholics very unfairly, giving homes to single people without children AND protestant and refusing homes to catholics living in dreadful water, sanitation, made of tin, rat infested...I could go on and on...and this is only one aspect of what the Union Jack represented..Also a common sign at businesses advertising jobs was...NO CATHOLIC NEED APPLY.....The catholics only got rights after fighting for them.. just like the civil rights in US..Indeed the british government achknowledged that the unionist government of that time was very biased against catholics..The flag is still used by protestants as a sign of dominance.

Gloria H (88)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:12 pm
Amazing how much blood can be shed over a piece of cloth........yet here, a swatsika, or confederate flag also is as a red flag to a bull (they are actually color blind).
Easy for me to say, ancestors long ago fled North Ireland as missionaries to inflict THEIR idea of Free Methodist on targets living in Haiti, and Puerto Rico-mainly,... ungodly Catholics! (and whatever "pagans" leftover).
Once again "religion" is used to divide and conquer humanity. Colonialism is the mechanics of religous tyranny or is it vice versa?

Birgit W (160)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:45 pm

. (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 7:14 am
The U.K. needs to stop antagonizing Ireland and let them be.
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