Peter Robinson, the former head of the Democratic Unionist Party, may be urging pro-union leaders in the north-east of Ireland to reach a favourable accommodation with their local nationalist neighbours before changing circumstances make it impossible, but his one-time colleagues seem intent on rushing headlong into oblivion rather than share an inch of political, social or cultural territory in the contested region. From an article featured on Breaking News:
Sinn Féin has described a claim from Arlene Foster that a bid to fly a Pride flag at a council building was a republican rouse to remove the Union flag as bizarre.
DUP leader Mrs Foster made the claim as she defended her party colleagues in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (ABC) for effectively blocking the flying of the rainbow-coloured flag at a council building on Saturday.
Councillors had already voted to fly the flag at the weekend, to coincide with the annual Pride Day there, but DUP members triggered a procedural mechanism on Tuesday, claiming proper process had not been followed.
Mrs Foster said the DUP move was not about Pride, but about concerns that the Union flag would be taken down from outside the building.
…DUP leader Arlene Foster has insisted her party will not sign up for a standalone Irish language Act in any new set of negotiations aimed at restoring Northern Ireland’s powersharing administration.
…Ms Foster on Wednesday insisted there would be no free-standing Irish language Act.
Asked were there any circumstances in which she would support a “standalone” Irish language Act, Ms Foster replied: “No, there is not.”
Further asked on BBC Radio Ulster’s Good Morning Ulster programme was DUP opposition to such an act non-negotiable she added: “It is non-negotiable, and that has been told to Sinn Féin on a number of occasions.”
Meanwhile, in The National:
A DUP politician said he would “rather walk up the Falls Road in a Rangers shirt” than take part in a Belfast Pride event.
Two decades after the Good Friday Agreement, political unionism seems determined to save “Ulster” by burning “Ulster”.