New Irish flag emoji in Apple update
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New Irish flag emoji in Apple update

THE Irish flag is one of 300 new emojis that will be released to Apple users within the coming months.

It will join the 10 existing national flag emoticons, along with 30 new flag options, including: India, South Africa and Sweden.

The new emojis were introduced by Apple through the new beta version of its operating system, and are set to feature with the next update, iOS 8.3.

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There will also be an additional range of family emojis, including same sex couples, to reflect family diversity.

Its new range of cartoon emojis that will display six different skin tones, however, caused controversy, as the bright yellow colour was considered offensive to the Asian community.