Sinn Fein should demonstrate Coronation commitment across NI

DUP spokesman on Local Government Brian Kingston MLA has said the decision of Michelle O’Neill to attend the King’s Coronation is a step in the right direction but called on Sinn Fein to demonstrate their commitment to a shared future by supporting the Union Flag being raised on all publicly funded buildings on Coronation Day.

By Brian Kingston MLA

Belfast North

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Mr Kingston said,

“Michelle O’Neill’s attendance at the Coronation is an improvement on previous refusals at similar such royal occasions, but needs communicated to rank and file Sinn Fein elected members. In many minority unionist Councils Sinn Fein opposed unionist plans to mark the Coronation.

If Sinn Fein truly believes in building a shared future, then they should have no problem in supporting the Union Flag being raised on all public buildings to mark the Coronation.

Sinn Fein elected members have led a campaign in Councils across Northern Ireland to remove every element of Royalty and aspects of Britishness.

This decision by Michelle O’Neill must be about more than a photograph, there needs to be a change of wider policy and attitude by Sinn Fein.”

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