Australian Embassy in Ireland make history by flying Aboriginal flag
Irish President Michael D. Higgins welcomed the move.
The Australian Embassy in Ireland made history on Friday by becoming the first international post to permanently fly the Australian Aboriginal flag alongside the country's national flag.
The flag, which features a black upper half, red lower half and a central golden circle, is not usually flown in conjunction with the Aussie national flag.
However, after consultation with the Australian Government, it will now become a permanent feature outside the Australian embassy's headquarters on St. Stephen’s Green.
The flag was raised as part of a digital ceremony which included the Australian Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt and Connaught rugby star, John Porch as well as pre-recorded videos from Australian Aboriginal people living in Ireland.
The flag’s red lower half represents the red earth of Australia while the upper black band, emblematic of Australia’s Aboriginal people, finishes the foundation for the central gold circle, symbolising the sun - the protector and giver of life.
Australia’s Ambassador to Ireland Gary Gray said in a statement: “The acknowledgement of the historic and unique connection which Australian Aboriginal people have to the land and culture of our nation is utterly appropriate.
"Though the flag has been flown from buildings in Australia and on specific dates elsewhere, the embassy in Dublin is among the first international posts to take the decision whereby the flag will fly with the Australian national flag all year round.”
The decision been greeted positively by the Australian Aboriginal community in Ireland and by Irish President Michael D. Higgins on social media.
Gray continued: “As with many countries around the world, some of Australia’s early history can be difficult to reconcile with the modern and open nation we have become today.
"Because of this, it was important to us to that the ceremony was both respectful and culturally sensitive as well as Covid-compliant.
"Working with the Aboriginal community here, as well as our Minister Ken Wyatt, we are extremely proud to be able to recognise an integral part of Australia’s history and do our part in moving those conversations forward in a purposeful and thoughtful manner.”