Council decision on flag after Queen’s death called ‘diabolical’

Central Ulster Unionists have expressed their disappointment after a local council’s decision to fly the Union Flag during the period of mourning the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Although Mid Ulster District Council operates a ‘no flags’ policy, councilors representing the DUP and UUP had requested an exception to allow the Union flag to be flown at half mast.

However, Councilors agreed to fly the flag at half-mast only at Council offices in Dungannon and not at premises in Cookstown and Magherafelt.

A joint statement from DUP and UUP advisers said they were “disappointed” with the outcome.

“Mid-Ulster voters share this great loss, but are also saddened that the parties within the Council, while calling for a shared future, at the same time prevent others from expressing their respect in the same way as the authorities. local to the rest of the UK. by flying the Union flag at half mast for ten days,” they said.

Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) representatives for the constituency went further, calling the decision “evil” and saying the Council had caused “hurt and distress” as a result.

“It is with a deep sense of disappointment that we have witnessed yet another instance of discrimination against the Unionist minority in Cookstown and Magherafelt,” a spokesperson said.

“For a very long time (sic) now, this Republican-controlled council has used various tactics to trample on the civil and religious liberties of their Unionist neighbors.

“That being contrary to their leader who just the other day said to extend the hand of friendship to their Unionist neighbours.”

The group called on the Council to “reconsider this diabolical decision and do the right thing”.

“These councilors don’t know or care about the incalculable damage they are causing to community relations in these areas,” they said.

“All we ask is that they follow their own advice and show tolerance, integrity and equality at a time when tolerance could go a very long way.”

A Council spokesperson said it made the decision in “exceptional circumstances”.

“While Council has a no-flag policy, as a sign of respect in this exceptional circumstance, party leaders have agreed that a flag will be flown during the period of mourning outside the main municipal offices in Dungannon,” they said. declared.

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