Sinn Féin Calls For Removal Of Illegal Flags

Sinn Féin has called for the removal of all flags erected illegally on lampposts and other public property across East L'Derry.

Following a meeting on the issue with the PSNI, MLA Caoimhe Archibald, said: "I met with senior PSNI locally to discuss a number of issues including the tensions over the past number of weeks in Limavady where there had been a number of incidents including flags being erected, kerbstones painted and sectarian graffiti daubed on the local chapel.

"Last weekend saw an end to the marching season, and we now have the opportunity to rebuild community relations and begin to plan for next year.
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"A first step would be the removal of all flags which have been erected illegally over the past number of months, with all paramilitary flags being taken down immediately and steps then being taken to end the practice of flags being erected to mark out territory and intimidate people.

"I would call on everyone across the community to engage in this process, and for all political and community representatives to use their influence in a positive way to encourage engagement.

"At the meeting I also raised the concerns of some residents in Coleraine about the policing of band parades recently and received reassurances with respect to the future policing of parades, I will also be raising these concerns with the Parades Commission."


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