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(From the ‘e-Thursday’ section of the ‘Business Week’ supplement of the ‘Irish Independent’ , 21st August 2008.)

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Francie Brolly's 'bunting...'

Kevin Lynch, an INLA Volunteer , died at 1.00 a.m. on Saturday August 1st 1981 in the hospital of Long Kesh after seventy-one days on hunger strike. He was the seventh hunger-striker to die that year . A Commemoration in memory of the man and in honour of that which he gave his life for has been held every year in his hometown of Dungiven , in North Derry, organised by local republicans and supported by the vast majority of the townspeople. A 'republican' Stormont representative , a Mr Francis Brolly , has now voiced 'reservations' about the manner in which this commemoration is held , and has stated his preference for "bunting" to be displayed rather than the National Flag -
did ten men die on hunger-strike in 1981 in order that the Butchers Apron be replaced with "bunting" ?
Have 22 men died on hunger-strike between the years 1917 and 1981 for "bunting" ?
Have we endured over eight hundred years of struggle for the 'right' to display "bunting" on our own streets ?
While you ponder those questions , have a listen to this piece of music
(note the title) by that same Stormont 'republican' representative and then have a read of how he laughs at those that are not politically financed by the British Crown.
"Take it down from the mast..." , Mr Brolly.....