Flags: Towards A New Understanding

Paul Nolan, Dominic Bryan

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This report examines the 'symbolic conflicts' over flags in Northern Ireland. It looks at the history of the use of flags since 1921, the development of legislations and policy to deal with conflicts, the higher profile of disputes since 1998 and the policy options going forward. Using attitudes surveys and interviews with key individuals the report explores the strengths and weaknesses in potential legislation and in 'ground-up' guidelines. The report concludes with a set of voluntary guidelines and the tasks facing politicians.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBelfast
PublisherQUB: Institute of Irish Studies
Commissioning bodyCommunity Foundation for Northern Ireland
Number of pages53
ISBN (Print)9780853897286
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016


  • Flags
  • Conflict
  • Northern Ireland
  • ethnic conlict
  • Union flag
  • Peace building


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