St Paddy’s Day flags that don’t matter?

Belfast City Council fly the Union flag 365 days a year from City Hall.

St Patrick’s Day is one of a few special days when they also fly the Union Flag from the Ulster Hall and the Duncrue Complex.

This isn’t the choice of an individual councillor, this is council policy.

It doesn’t attract any interest from the media.

Numerous other Government buildings across the north also use St Patrick’s Day as one of the days when they can display the Union flag.

Is Stormont still flying the Union flag to celebrate St Patrick?

Unlike in Downpatrick its not about an individual’s choice on flying a flag. When it comes to flying the Union flag – IT IS THE LAW

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  • Chris Donnelly

    You’re not allowed to mention *those* flags!

  • Mark McGregor


    It’s bizarre. One councillor carries a flag – world ends.

    Raising another flag is actually written into law for civic buildings and has been forever – not a fecking peep.

  • Zig70

    Incidentally there was a big Jack flying from the council buildings in Downpatrick beside the parade. The Scots and Welsh have there own flags and anthem and we use the English ones, doesn’t seem quite right. Sometimes I think it is part of the reason (albeit a small part) the Ulster Scots have such a hard time assimilating with the locals as they use the English identity as a fighting stance.

  • Chris Donnelly

    “there was a big Jack flying from the council buildings in Downpatrick beside the parade.”

    Now that is interesting if it were true. Given the fact that the SDLP has controlled Down Council for a very long period of time, and given the SDLP’s views on the parade in Downpatrick, I would think that a point worth pursuing….

  • Driftwood

    As government buildings are required to fly the UK national flag, the Union flags Zig70 is referring to would probably have been from Downpatrick Crown Courthouse and the Social Security office. Nothing to do with the council.

  • Zig70

    Actually I think it’s the Planning office and DVLNI offices (Market Street) but don’t live there and open to correction.

  • Zig70

    Scotlands flag flying policy is more complicated than ours. Depending on what day, how many flag poles you have, whether you fly the Saltire or the Jack or both.

  • Driftwood

    The Union flag would have been appropriately flying over all those buildings, Downpatrick is the County Town.
    SF signed up to the flags and emblems act in the Belfast agreement. And it includes flying the National flag at the regional assembly at Stormont on certain days. It flies at the National parliament at Westminster 365..
    SF also signed up to a military garrison of 5000 troops in this part of the UK.
    cookies crumble I guess..

  • lamhdearg

    this year we will mainly be talking about flags. its like an old joke from the fast show without the humor.

  • dennis the menace

    Ulster is British, just flying the flag of the country , get used to it..its going to be there for a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG time

  • Zig70

    Nice wind up DM, not going to argue the country thing or how long that actually is. Nearly makes me want to out breed you but the wife’s already left for work.Near half of this ‘country’ look to the tricolour as their flag. That’s gonna be here for a long time too. Our friends round the bonfire burn the flag of their neighbours each year and sing ‘we beat you 300years ago na na na’ and there is probably less said about that than one tricolour in Downpatrick. I stopped 3 times on my way to Downpatrick yesterday and there was a Union Jack flying at each stop. (Sign of insecurity?)
    To be honest I never said I had a problem with the flag in Downpatrick, I just noticed it after listening to all the chest beating on talkback on the way down. Mutual respect is alive and well under a stone somewhere.

  • Come on people . . . now is the tme for alll good men to come to the aid of the virtual party!

    Happy belated St. Paddy’s Day . . .


  • HeinzGuderian

    Mark……………..suck it up ya boy ye !!!!!! 😉

  • “One councillor carries a flag – world ends.”

    I see Nelson McCausland has entered the fray. If Eamonn has a problem with the ‘military background’ of the red saltire on a white background you’d think he’d have a problem with an Irish wolfhound, the mascot of the Irish Guards and the Royal Irish Regiment.

  • Mac

    Nelson can’t tell the difference between creation and co-option?
    That’s ironic.

  • Tomas Gorman

    Infantile, brattish insecurity. As twee as the day is, if it’s accepted as the national day of Ireland, then the Irish flag should be tolerated.

  • Stieg

    flag flu,flag flu and more darn flag flu