Alliance South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw has welcomed the announcement from the Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition that it will undertake a series of public engagements.
Ms Bradshaw said: “We are all aware of how emotive the subjects of flags, identity and culture can be. These have been used, without justification, as an excuse for angry words and even violence.
“If we are to move to a truly shared society we need to respect each other’s culture and how that is celebrated.
“The Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition has been tasked with developing a new approach to these complex issues, and I welcome their announcement of a series of public meetings. Through listening to people in local communities the Commission will get a better understanding of how important these issues are.
“I would encourage people across the community to engage with the Commission to ensure their views are put forward. This is the opportunity for everyone to be heard, not just those who shout the loudest.”
Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition – Public Meetings
Thursday 24th November 2016 @7pm – Omagh Library, Omagh
Tuesday 6th December 2016 @ 7pm – Bridewell Centre, Magherafelt
Thursday 8th December 2016 @ 7pm – Belfast Metropolitan College, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
Tuesday 10th January 2017 @ 7pm – Canal Court Hotel, Newry
Thursday 26th January 2017 @ 7pm – The Guild Hall, Derry/Londonderry
Tuesday 31st January 2017 @7pm – Fermanagh Rural Community Initiative, Enniskillen