There is never going to be a united Ireland so why not let Loyalists fly the flag?
'Loyalism, Unionism or Protestantism, whatever you want to call it,in Northern Ireland it operates not as a class system, but a caste system. And they have an entitlement factor running: the flag is part of it. There's never going to be a united Ireland, you know,' he says plainly. 'So why don't you let them fly the flag.'
Many public speakers in Northern Ireland, including some nationalist and republican politicians, use quotations from Seamus Heaney. However I doubt very much if this will be the one they use.