Senior politicians to discuss Union flag protests

Senior politicians from Belfast, Dublin and London will meet this week to discuss the Union flag protests in Belfast, after more than 40 days of road blocks and sporadic violence by loyalists have failed to produce a solution.

Riot police stand next to a burned out car in east Belfast Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Stormont First Minister Peter Robinson and his deputy Martin McGuinness will join Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers and Ireland's Deputy Leader Eamon Gilmore.

Mr Gilmore said the violence "has nothing to do with real issues around flags and identity in a shared society", and claimed those behind it "are known criminals, intent on creating chaos"