UUP MLA Tom Elliott has again raised the issue of flags with Environment Minister Mark H Durkan ahead of the amalgamation of Fermanagh and Omagh Council next year.

The Fermanagh-south Tyrone MLA asked the Minister why he did not support the Ulster Unionist Party’s amendment to the Local Government Bill for all Council headquarters to fly the Union Flag on Council offices on a minimum of designated days.

Minister Durkan said local government reform “is about strengthening local democracy and the amendment ran counter to that” and added: “It is for a Council, as a local democratically elected body to decide on its flags policy, including whether to follow central government’s protocol, fly any other flags or, indeed fly no flags at all.”