The Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Council, Councillor Julie Flaherty, has condemned the appearance of a football club’s flag on a bonfire in Craigavon.
Councillor Flaherty said:
“A great deal of hurt has been caused by the placing of a flag belonging to Portadown club Hanover FC on an anti-internment bonfire in Craigavon.
“This particular flag was taken to France when the club travelled to support Northern Ireland at the Euros in 2016 and represents precious memories for Hanover FC, so the club is understandably angry at its theft and placing on this bonfire.
“The people responsible are quite clearly trying to heighten tensions and cause offence, which helps absolutely nobody.
“I would appeal to anyone with influence to do all they can to have this flag removed and returned to Hanover FC. Such a gesture would be hugely appreciated and help improve community relations.”