Ulster Unionist MP apologises for tweeting photo of bonfire with Irish flag on top

Ulster Unionist MP Danny Kinahan has apologised for posting a photograph on Twitter which showed him standing in front of a Co Antrim bonfire with an Irish tricolour placed on top of it.

The South Antrim representative posed for the photograph while holding a cheque for charity.

Mr Kinahan said it had been an error of judgment.

He said: "What I wanted to get across was here was a family, rural bonfire scene and they'd raised £600 for meningitis.

"They were having fun and this is Protestant culture - let's recognise each other's cultures and get on with it."

Mr Kinahan attended a Dublin ceremony last weekend recognising the Irish dead at the Somme.

Alliance leader David Ford tweeted: "On Saturday you showed respect for the Irish flag, as the state respected those who died at the Somme.

"Do you approve of this hate?"

A number of other Irish flags and Sinn Féin election posters were burned during other Eleventh Night bonfires.


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