‘Carrickfergus Says No’ banner to be put outside Town Hall

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The fall-out from the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in November 1985 showed no sign of ceasing in January 1986.

A ‘Carrickfergus Says No’ banner was expected to be erected outside the Town Hall.

A DUP motion proposed that the council should erect the banner as a sign of the protest and opposition against the Anglo-Irish Agreement in the region.

It was to be put to members at a council meeting on Monday, January 6.

Councillor William Cross, who put the motion on the agenda, said at the time: “The banner will be red, white and blue, of course.

“It will be a sign of this borough’s total rejection of the Anglo-Irish Agreement.”

It was thought that the banner was to be erected at the front of the building facing the Marine Highway.

This was due to unionist members on the council believing that this would be the best position for the banner, because it would have been in full view of passing motorists.

This followed on from a number of other incidents in the town, which included concerns over young people being given guns by paramilitary groups to fight against the Agreement.