Northern Ireland

Limavady Union flag row put charity event in 'jepoardy'

Union flag
Image caption Boyd Douglas placed a miniature Union flag on his desk

A row over a Union flag at Limavady Borough Council put a local breast cancer charity event in jeopardy, a court has been told.

Sinn Fein mayor Sean McGlinchey suspended proceedings on Tuesday after a TUV councillor brought a miniature flag into the chamber.

The council, which has a no flags policy, passed a motion to have it removed.

But Boyd Douglas, who had placed the flag on his desk, refused to comply.

On Wednesday, Limavady Magistrate's Court was told that charity organisers had sought council approval for a licence to stage the event.

But a solicitor said no direction could be given because the meeting was postponed.

He asked the judge to use his discretion to grant the licence without council direction so the event could go ahead on Saturday.

Deputy District Judge, Austin Kennedy, said on this occasion he would grant the application.

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