Flag of Northern Ireland

The only official flag for Northern Ireland is the Union Jack, the flag of the United Kingdom; there is no official local flag that represents only Northern Ireland.[1][2][3][4] The flying of various flags in Northern Ireland is a significant sectarian issue, with different communities identifying with different flags.[5]

The Ulster Banner was used by the Northern Ireland government from 1953 until the government and parliament were abolished in 1973. Since then, it has had no official status.[6][7][8][9] However, it is still used as the flag of Northern Ireland by both loyalists and unionists[10][11] and to represent Northern Ireland internationally in some sporting competitions.

The Saint Patrick's Saltire represents Northern Ireland indirectly as Ireland in the Union Flag. It is sometimes flown during Saint Patrick's Day parades in Northern Ireland[12] and is used to represent Northern Ireland during some royal events.[13]

In recent years, there have been calls for a new, neutral flag for Northern Ireland,[14][15] most recently as a recommendation by the Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition in December 2021.[16]


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