A local councillor has called for the removal of the LGBT pride flag from Cork City Hall

A row has broken out at a meeting of Cork City Council over 22 May’s same-sex marriage referendum.

Fianna Fáil councillor Terry Shannon has called on council chief executive Ann Doherty to remove the LGBT rainbow flag which is currently flying from the roof of Cork City Hall.

Shannon says that it’s inappropriate to have such a flag flying with the referendum due to take place on 22 May.

As an alternative, Shannon suggested that if the pride flag must fly then a No flag must also be displayed at civic buildings.

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The flag is being flown to mark the Cork’s fifth annual LGBT Awareness Week.

“I believe, as a corporate body, we should not have a flag like that hanging over City Hall while the referendum is on.  Either we put up two flags or we take this one down,” Shannon told the Irish Examiner after the council meeting where he raised his concerns.

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