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There is no place for paramilitary flags in todays society - Savage

Published: 20 June, 2018

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Savage has said there is no place for paramilitary flags in todays society.

Speaking following the erection of UVF and YCV flags in Banbridge over the weekend he said:

"I noticed a number of paramilitary flags in Banbridge town centre including on Church Square and the Newry Road.

"At a time when business owners along with the local council are working tirelessly to bring investment into our town centre this is unacceptable.

"These actions are in stark contrast to the efforts of others to promote our town centre across the ABC area as well as cross border to draw in much needed trade from the South.

"There is no place for paramilitary flags in a society transitioning from conflict to peace.

"Flags, emblems and symbols should never be used to intimidate, threaten or create fear amongst our neighbours.

"The reality is however that these flags are intimidatory and should be removed with immediate effect."