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Wind behind Stormont flag storm

A tricolour flies over Parliament Buildings last week

SUSPICIONS that a Union flag flying over Stormont had been tampered with have proved unfounded, a report by the Assembly Commission has concluded.

The probe was conducted after authorities at Stormont were alerted about the position of one of the flags.

The day before the Irish tricolour and a republican flag were briefly flown over Parliament Buildings last week, concerns had been raised that one of the two Union flags raised to mark the Queen Elizabeth's coronation was lower than the other.

An initial report given to members of Stormont's Assembly Commission into last week's flying of the two Irish flags said there was no evidence to suggest that sabotage was responsible for the previous day's flag problems.

Details of the report, which was seen by the News Letter, states: "On Tuesday, 2 June, it was reported to (the assembly's) usher services that the Union flags, flying to commemorate Coronation Day, were uneven with one flag lower than the other.

"This was addressed by usher services staff who adjusted one of the flags that appeared to have twisted slightly on the flag pole."

It said "storm flags" were being flown at the time due to windy weather and it was reported that one of the flags was not visible from the West Glen area of the Stormont grounds.

"When usher services staff attended they found that the flag had worked loose due to the prevailing weather conditions and they hoisted it back into position.

"This has happened in the past due to inclement weather."

The report added: "There was nothing to suggest in either instance that the flags had been deliberately interfered with or that any malice or mischief was intended."

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