The problem of flags is not a new one. In 1964, in an incident that was the opening act to the years of violence that followed, riots broke out in Divis Street at the bottom of the Falls Road when an Irish tricolour was removed from the election offices of a republican group.

In every single year since then flags and emblems have provided one form of controversy or another in Northern Ireland. It is now more than fifty years since that first clash and we seem to be no closer to a resolution to the underlying issues.