In the Irish Times yesterday it was reported that (the good news) Belfast City Council have agreed by a one vote margin - to support the St Patricks day festival in 2006. Most of the loyalist parties didn't support it. Sounds good so far - but they have banned alcohol (fair enough), soccer shirts being worn (could be tricky) and they have banned the Irish flag from being flown (the triclolour)!. To top it all - the emblem of the festival will be a rainbow coloured shamrock!! (Not a green one)
Irish flags and green shamrock will be on display in most cities of the world on St Patrick's day - but not in Belfast!
I just thought I would share this bit of news - which to me is a bit shocking.