3/23/2005

"Tone" it down?

I see the DUP have gotten their knickers in a twist over Martin Morgan's portrait as Lord Mayor which is to be hung in Belfast's City Hall. Eric Smyth objects to the inclusion of United irishman, Wolfe Tone in the painting. However as the Daily Ireland points out;

The building flies the Union flag from its mast, while its many halls and corridors contain monuments to the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force, the British army’s Ulster Defence Regiment and the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

Surely it would take more than a corner of a painting to provide balance in this building. Fair play to Mr. Morgan, a man I have a good deal of respect for, for paying tribute to a patriot and the man who founded modern day Irish Republicanism with a wish to unite "Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter."

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