Flag of Northern Ireland
|Design||A red cross on a white field defaced with a crowned white six-pointed star with a red hand in the centre. |
The Flag of Northern Ireland, also known as the Ulster Flag or Ulster Banner, was used by the Northern Ireland government from 1953 until the government and parliament were abolished in 1973. Since then, it has had no official status and is not used by the current Northern Ireland government nor by the British government.
However, it is still in common use; by loyalists/unionists, and to represent Northern Ireland internationally in some sporting competitions. The flag has become controversial; it is seen as an Ulster loyalist symbol and is rejected by Irish nationalists/republicans.