Jackson calls for unionist leadership after Parachute Regiment flags appear in Waterside

A Parachute Regiment flag flying from a pole on Rossdowney Road on Thursday afternoon. DER2816GS052
A Parachute Regiment flag flying from a pole on Rossdowney Road on Thursday afternoon. DER2816GS052

A Sinn Féin Councillor has called for “leadership from within Unionism” after Parachute Regiment flags were erected in the Waterside.

He said: “I have received a number of complaints about Parachute Regiment flags erected in the Glendermot Road area.

“We had a similar number of incidents in Derry last year as well. Given the history of the Parachute Regiment in this city the erection of these flags is being seen as provocation in an effort to raise tensions in the Waterside.

“We now need to see leadership from within Unionism to ensure that such flags are taken down as those who have erected them obviously did so to create a reaction from within the Nationalist community.

“The people who erected these flags are only serving the interests of those opposed to the peace process and heightening community tensions in the city.”