THE Union flag will fly at half mast on Belfast City Hall on the day of Baroness Thatcher’s funeral next week.
A funeral service for the 87-year-old, who died on Monday from a stroke, will take place in St Paul’s Cathedral, London on Wednesday, April 17.
It will be attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, a break in royal protocol.
Unionist politicians from Northern Ireland are expected to attend the service.
The leader of the DUP on Belfast City Council, Alderman William Humphrey MLA, has welcomed confirmation that the Union Flag will be flown at half mast from City Hall next Wednesday to mark the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.
He said: “I raised this matter yesterday with the Lord Mayor, Alderman Gavin Robinson, and with the Chief Executive of the Council.
“I warmly welcome that it has now been confirmed that the Union Flag will be flown from City Hall next Wednesday to mark the occasion of Baroness Thatcher’s funeral.
“This will be a unique occasion of national and indeed international importance.
“It is entirely fitting and appropriate for our national flag to be flown as a sign of respect for a woman widely regarded as the greatest peacetime Prime Minister of our country over the past century.
“Whilst views of her premiership will continue to be debated there is no doubt that the vast majority of our citizens would wish that due recognition and respect should be paid to mark her passing.
“I welcome that City Hall will take its place among other Government buildings in flying the Flag at half mast for the funeral of this prominent former Prime Minister.”
I regret that I must express disgust that some people have chosen to take part in obscene public scenes of celebration at the passing of Lady Thatcher.
“This is entirely inappropriate, displays a lack of Christian grace and is disrespectful as her family are grieving for their loss.
“I call for an end to such scenes and for clear condemnation of such actions from across the political spectrum,” added Alderman Humphrey.