More than two and a half years ago, I wrote a post, about how there were apparently plans to display Irish flags in every Irish primary school class. At the time I predicted a possibility that this would eventually be considered “offensive” to foreign students and that there would be calls to remove the flags. Well I never found out if this ended up being the case. However, I did just hear that apparently a local Dublin Councillor has come to a similar conclusion about displaying the Irish flag on top of the council building.
A Fingal County councillor has warned against flying the Irish flag outside County Hall, saying the move could offend foreign nationals living there.
Is the sheer idiocy of the statement not completely self-evident? If there really are people who find symbols of our country so offensive, then why are they even in the country?
At a meeting of the council, Solidarity-People Before Profit’s Matthew Waine opposed a motion proposed by Sinn Fein’s Daire Ni Laoi to hoist the national flag at the council’s HQ in Swords.
Don’t vote for this crowd, fellow Irish people. I can’t blame you for feeling disillusioned with the major establishment parties. I completely agree with you there. But if you must vote for something different, please throw your support behind a different party than this one. They need to understand that we will not tolerate this blatant disrespect for our culture and our heritage.
The councillor was one of just two who voted against the motion, suggesting that the red flag of Marxism and socialism should be flown instead.
“The Irish tricolour which represents Irish culture might be offensive to foreign nationals.”
“The red flag of Marxism, a flag which represents an ideology under which tens to hundreds of millions were brutally enslaved, tortured and murdered, won’t be offensive”.
Councillor Waine said: “We have one of the most multi-cultural populations in the whole country living in Fingal and I think we need to consider the sensitivity of this.
Yes it’s so insensitive subjecting them to the sight of the flag of a country they willingly chose to immigrate to. Thank you Comra… er I mean “Councillor”, for being our moral compass.
“The issue of religion, language, nationality…all of those issues are extremely sensitive and we’ve seen how that can play out to divide people.
This is what the left always do. They always project. He talks about certain issues being used to divide people, when that is exactly what he is doing right here, with his implication that our national flag is divisive. There wouldn’t be an issue if not for people like him making an issue out of nothing.
“I would prefer to see the flagpoles used to express solidarity, so for example on the week of Pride we should show the Rainbow flag.
Instead of displaying a flag which is representative of the Irish people as a whole, lets display a flag which is representative of a small minority.
“I think we should fly the flags of minority groups like Pavee Point. I come from the tradition of the workers’ movement which doesn’t see the country of your birth as being anything significant.
“I would prefer to see the red flag fly outside County Hall and maybe in the future that will be the case.”
“Because I have certain beliefs about nationality being unimportant, I think they should take precedence, over the beliefs of everyone else. I don’t care if patriotism and national identity are important to other people. What I think is what matters.”
His view was supported by Independent Councillor David O’Connor who said: “You’re saying what a lot of people think.”
And a lot more people than that, think that he’s talking complete crap.
Councillor Brian Dennehy (FG) also said he understood where Councillor Waine was coming from, because he said flags could be “used as a wedge to divide people”.
A pathetic wimp trying to sit on the fence, instead of taking a solid stance one way or the other.
But Fianna Fail’s Darragh Butler said: “I think it’s staggering that a councillor should say we shouldn’t fly our national flag, or hide our own flag away.”
No love for Fianna Fail on my part, but I gotta give credit where credit is due. Fair play Councillor Darragh Butler, for telling this prick exactly what all sane Irish people think.
Independent councillor Jimmy Guerin said: “I take offence at the comments of Cllr Waine. I’m not surprised at him.”
Councillor Ni Laoi said: “I’d love to see the national flag flying from the turrets of Malahide Castle and Swords Castle and Ardgillen, but for now I’m just proposing that this flag, this symbol of tolerance, inclusion and respect, be flown outside County Hall.”
I completely agree with this. It should be flown everywhere.
After a lengthy debate in the council chamber, with the majority of members supporting the proposal, the motion was carried by 34 votes to two.
Thankfully, our country hasn’t gone completely insane just yet. However this does worry me. It always starts off slowly, and in such a way that we ridicule it, much like we are now. But these monsters are relentless. They don’t ever give up. They only make tactical retreats until they’re ready to try again. I doubt this will be the last we hear of this. I’m certain either he, or one of his comrades will try something like this again. We must never ever give them anything. The more we give them, the further they’ll push. We must always remain vigilant and treat these people with the same contempt, that they treat us through their disrespect for our culture. They deserve nothing less.