‘You can’t eat a flag’

28 04 2015

Moyle Sign

Ballycastle SDLP representative Dónal Cunningham has expressed his disappointment at a motion due to be presented to the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council which may see the flying of a flag at the offices of the former Moyle Council in Ballycastle.

“The creation of new ‘super councils’ gave Councillors an opportunity for a fresh start and the chance to give united civic leadership. This was the chance to ensure all shades of opinion would be respected. Sadly it looks like this opportunity is to be lost.  Causeway Coast and Glens could learn much from the Moyle example, who from its formation in 1973 chose not to fly any flag, and led the way by ensuring partnerships and power sharing worked. The Moyle example was entirely neutral in character, where rights, responsibilities and relationships were firmly respected. ”

Mr. Cunningham continued “The proposer of this motion shows a complete lack of understanding of Moyle and our efforts to work hard to maintain and improve community relations.  Ballycastle town and its community has long been an example to other areas displaying a neutral and welcoming environment to everyone.  The Ballycastle community stood together to defend the health service provision at Dalriada Hospital,  will stand together to oppose early years funding cuts, education and library service cuts, public transport cuts and will continue to lobby for town centre improvements and jobs. We have no desire to be flag wavers.”

“John Hume often repeated the Jim Larkin quote that ‘you can’t eat a flag’, and most people will agree that in the second decade of the 21st century , Council  would be better off dealing with  ordinary bread and butter issues which are more urgent than flags. Ballycastle does not need any flags, whether those flags are to fly officially on a Council building or unofficially on a lamp-post or other public property”



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