Sunday October 25, 2020

North needs common ground

Recent rioting in the North over the union flag proves that old grudges die hard, but progress will only be made if acceptable compromises are brokered, writes Tom McGurk.

9th December, 2012
'It is hard to think of anything symbolic in the North that is neither divisive nor marked by the past.'

Who could have imagined it? That 100 years after thousands of Ulster unionists, led by Edward Carson, signed the Ulster Covenant at Belfast's City Hall, the city fathers would decree that the union flag would no longer be flown above the same building, except on special, politically-agreed occasions?

In September 1912, Carson - having just made a speech at the nearby Ulster Hall, accompanied by a huge cortege of suitably garbed Orangemen - walked the short...

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