Belfast traders estimate £15 million lost over Christmas

Holly Reynolds 4, from Belfast, joins peace protesters at Belfast City Hall yesterday Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Belfast traders will attend a crisis meeting on Wednesday to discuss losses caused by the Union flag protests.

The Confederation of British Industry estimated that £15 million was lost over Christmas because some people avoided the area altogether.

Stormont First Minister Peter Robinson and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness are set to meet with British and Irish governments later this week.

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Belfast protests: Three arrests

A man and two teenagers have been arrested in Belfast during protests over the Union flag controversy.