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David Stanton, Fine Gael

Dail

Topic: Procedure

Question from declan crowe
24/04/2013 - 19:40

why do ministers offices display the tri-colour with tassles on the perimeter when the constitution says the tri-colour consists of a tri-colour design only ?

Answer from David Stanton

30/09/2013 - 17:35

Dear Declan,

Thank you very much for making contact with me on this, and please accept my apologies for the long delay in replying to you.   I've carried out some research into the tasselled/gilded tricolours in use in Ministerial Offices - these are the same those on display in the Dail and Seanad Chambers.  I understand from a colleague of mine who looked into this a few years ago that the practice of displaying a tricolour with tassels in the Dail began circa 1980 (further to a decision by the Committee on Procedures and Privileges), with the Seanad following this precedent some time afterwards.  

I have written to An Taoiseach seeking an explanation of why these national flags do not follow guidelines as per those on his Department's website: http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/eng/Historical_Information/The_Constitution/...

I would be happy to forward you copies of any response received if you wish.

David Stanton TD