Red, white and blue bunting erected outside Irish school - but not Orange hall

Bunting outside Gaelscoil an tSeanchai in Magherafelt. Picture by Hugh Russell.
Connla Young

RED, white and blue bunting has been erected outside an Irish language school in Magherafelt - but not at a nearby Orange hall.

Concerns have been raised after bunting and union flags were put up across the mainly nationalist town in Co Derry.

The bunting appeared along several streets in recent days. Lamp-posts throughout the market town have also been decked with union flags.

There was controversy earlier this year when Mid Ulster Council contractors cut down a flag pole and union flag in the centre of the town as part of a public realm scheme.

At the time loyalists responded by hanging a large number of union flags from lamp-posts around the town.

A £46,000 piece of artwork has since been placed at the former site of the flag pole.

Loyalists have recently erected bunting in the Fairhill area of the town close to an Irish language primary school, Gaelscoil an tSeanchaí.

However, no bunting has been placed outside the town's Orange Hall, which is just yards away from the school.

SDLP councillor Martin Kearney said: "We have tried to promote Magherafelt as a shared space and it's unfortunate that others have seen fit to try to damage the good relations we are all striving to build."

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