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Flying Irish Flag Rejected
A Controversial move to fly the Irish flag above the council’s civic buildings to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin has been rejected by the Labour Group.
It emerged members of the local authority’s Corporate Services committee voted in favour of flying the flag above Motherwell Civic Centre and at other buildings in Cumbernauld and Coatbridge on April 24th, having received a request to do so by the national organiser of Republican organisation Cairde Na hEireann.
The motion was passed with six SNP and two Labour councillors voting in favour of the proposal. Now the Labour Group will oppose the proposal when it is discussed at a full council meeting next month.
Council leader Jim McCabe said: “The decision to fly the Irish National flag was supported by the Corporate Services Committee, however such a change in policy would require the support of the full council. Labour councillors recognise the tremendous contribution that Irish people and Irish culture have made to North Lanarkshire and Scotland, however do not support a change in existing policy, which would go against guidance issued by the Scottish and UK Governments. The Labour Group will therefore not support such a move when the matter is discussed at the next council meeting in March.”
Since news of the committee’s decision became public, a petition campaigning against the proposal has been signed by more than 1400 people.
The Easter Rising was a pivotal event in modern Irish history and although it was ultimately a failed rebellion against British rule, the rebellion became the catalyst for the Irish War of Independence and creation of the Irish Free State in 1922.
It has also been confirmed that the Scottish Government buildings will not be flying the Irish flag on April 24.