A UNIONIST FORUM set up in the wake of rioting over the flying of the Union flag on Belfast City Hall met today at Stormont.
The forum was set up by the Democratic Unionist Party and the Ulster Unionist Party. Its formation came after a recent spate of rioting and violence over the decision to fly the Union flag at Belfast City Hall for 17 days a year.
The first meeting took place this morning in the Parliament Buildings at Stormont at 9.30am.
Northern Ireland’s first minister Peter Robinson said that there had been “no angry words” at the meeting, BBC News reports, and that a taskforce has been set up, as well as eight working groups.
A protest had been planned for Dublin this Saturday, with loyalists expected to hold a demonstration outside of Leinster House. However, it has been postponed, a loyalist activist said last night.
The Garda Press Office said yesterday evening that they were aware of reports that the event has been postponed, and said they held ‘positive and constructive’ talks with organisers on the issue.
Belfast saw six nights of rioting over the past week, due to the controversy over the flying of the flag.