Speaking after the UUP MLA apologised for his actions, Mr Ford said it was ‘an error of judgement’ that should not have happened.
David Ford MLA said: “I’m glad Danny has recognised the error of his ways and apologies for his actions, a move which deeply contrasted with his support for the Irish Government’s official commemoration of the Battle of the Somme last weekend.
“I think I was probably the first person who pointed out on social media last night that on Saturday he was showing respect for the Irish state, its symbols and its flag.
“I find it completely unacceptable that he should stand in front of a symbol of hate with the tricolour on the bonfire.
“I accept he has now apologised, he has admitted it was an error of judgement.
“I think it was a bit more than an error of judgement but he has at least apologised and we should recognise that.”