Two-thirds of people in Ireland do not want flag to change if Irish unity is achieved, poll shows
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Two-thirds of people in Ireland do not want flag to change if Irish unity is achieved, poll shows

NEARLY two-thirds of Irish people are not open to the idea of changing Ireland's flag if unity on the island is achieved.

On Wednesday, we here at the Irish Post ran a Twitter poll to see whether public appetite for changing Ireland's tricolour existed or not, in the event of a 'yes' vote in a United Ireland referendum.

63% of respondents answered 'no' when asked if they would be open to changing the Irish flag.

28% said they'd be happy to discuss the idea, while the remaining 9% said they were undecided.

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The results follow a recent survey carried out by the Irish Sun which found that just a quarter of Oireachtas members were unwilling to change the Irish flag in the event of Irish unity.

It also found that 30% of Irish TDs and Senators would rather keep both the Irish tricolour as well as the national anthem, but would still be open to discuss the notion.

Meanwhile, 44% of members said they were open to the idea without having strong feelings either way about keeping the flag and the anthem.

Results of both polls demonstrates that the Irish public has less appetite to change the flag than many Oireachtas members, although it must be said that disproportionate amount of the members who took part in the Irish Sun's survey were also members of Sinn Féin - who have campaigned fervently for a referendum on Irish unity.