Progress or disgrace?

Albert Reynolds and John Major were granted the Freedom of Cork by the Council for their role in the peace process yesterday. To mark the ceremony three Union flags were flown from Cork City hall along with the Irish Tricolour. John Major descibed the gesture as a sign of progress. Three Sinn Fein councillors (and one socialist councillor) boycotted the ceremony on instruction from party headquarters. A SF councillor called the flying of the Union flag a disgrace and the party lodged a formal complaint. A 32 CSM protest described the ceremony as an insult to the memories of Tomas MacCuirtan and Terence McSwiney.