Should the 12th of July be a bank holiday in the Republic of Ireland?

BUNREACHT NA hÉIREANN

CONSTITUTION OF IRELAND

Article 7

The national flag is the tricolour of green, white and orange.

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The orange of our flag is the orange of the Orange order.

Although a tiny minority there are Orangemen and Orange halls within the borders of the Irish state, in addition our constituition also recognises the right of all Northern Irish citizens who so wish – to be part of the Irish nation, a sizeable number of which belong to the Orange tradition. In accordance with the symbolism of our national flag, should the 12th of July be a national bank holiday in Ireland (Republic)? Would this help ease tensions in the north, or be inappropriate or irrelevant?

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