Sinn Féin calls for Irish tricolour flags to be removed from Bessbrook village

Irish tricolours Irish tricolours have been erected on trees in Bessbrook Pond

Sinn Féin politicians have called for the removal of two Irish tricolours from a beauty spot in County Armagh.

They were erected on trees at Bessbrook Pond sometime this week.

Newry and Armagh MLA Mickey Brady said the flags could be seen as intimidating by Protestant residents in the village.

"The issue is one that is causing contention because obviously in Bessbrook particularly there is a mixed community," he said.

"I think you have to respect the culture and nature of the people who live in that area.

"These flags, some may consider them as overtly sectarian, intimidating and threatening, and I think what we do not want to do in relation to this is perpetuate division."

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