On Monday, in a clear attempt to distance the party from its paramilitary links and detoxify it in case a deal is reached, a DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) spokesman told the BBC’s Stephen Nolan that paramilitary flags and emblems have no place in Northern Ireland communities and that
Paramilitaries are a plague on society. The DUP condemns all who cling to criminality and violence.
Within hours, however, DUP MP Emma Little-Pengelly had shot down the attempt by claiming that Northern Ireland communities are not that bothered about the issue, stating,
There were some people who were very supportive of the flags, people who felt very much it was part of the tradition of the local area and the wider area.
The majority of people said to me: ‘We understand that the flags have gone up, but we also understand that they will come back down again’. Really they didn’t…
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