AN Irish politician has warned against flying the country’s flag of County Hall in Dublin, claiming it would offend foreign nationals living there – while calling for the red flag of Marxism to be raised instead.
Matthew Waine made his remarks during consideration of a motion to adopt the practice at the Swords headquarters of Fingal County Council, one of four councils in Dublin region.
Mr Waine, who represents Solidarity – People Before Profit believed flying Ireland’s tricolour risked alienating people from other countries living there.
He said: “We have one of the most multi-cultural populations in the whole country living in Fingal, and I think we need to consider the sensitivity of this.
“I would prefer to see the flagpoles used to express solidarity, so for example on the week of Pride, we should show the Rainbow flag.
“I come from the tradition of the workers’ movement which doesn’t see the country of your birth as being anything significant.
He also won support from Fine Gael’s Councillor Brian Dennehy, who said flags cold be “used as a wedge to divide people”.