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Equality Commission censures Lisburn Council over use of Union flagEquality Commission censures Lisburn Council over use of Union flag
Wednesday, 5th July 2006

In the North, the Equality Commission has censured Lisburn City Council for excessive flying of the British union flag at council offices.

The Commission launched its investigation of flag flying after a complaint by a Sinn Fein councillor.

Lisburn City Council's motto ironically is 'A City For All' but there's a continuing battle over the predominantly Unionist council's refusal to share power with Nationalists.

The Council has also decided to fly the Union flag permanently at its civic headquarters.

The Council's own equality assessment recommended flying the flag on designated days only. But councillors overruled the advice and voted to fly it every day.

Equality Commission chief Bob Collins said the council was duty-bound to follow advice on promoting good relations

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