Legal advice vindicates Sinn Féin position on flags - claims Nicholl

Sinn Fein Councillor Dermot Nicholl. 2810JM02
Sinn Fein Councillor Dermot Nicholl. 2810JM02

Sinn Féin Councillor Dermot Nicholl has claimed legal advice received by Causeway Coast and Glens Council on the decision to “call in” the decision to fly the Union Flag on council buildings 365 days a year vindicates the Sinn Féin position.

In a statement, Colr Nicholl said: “We obviously need to explore the legal opinion in detail, but it is clear it vindicates our position. This challenge was taken on the basis the original decision would disproportionally affect adversely staff members of the Council, and visitors to the buildings who come from a Nationalist and Republican background.

“It sends a signal that the ethos and culture of the council is not a welcoming place for employees, visitors and citizens who do not consider themselves to be British.

“Of the four legacy councils both Moyle and Limavady had a no flag policy for this very reason. I welcome the opinion that we were correct to call in the decision given the absence of any EQIA.

“If Unionist elected representatives applied common sense and a sense of equality to their decision-making process there would be no need for legal opinions or court challenges.

“We will now encourage the whole community to engage in the Equality Impact Assessment process.”