The former “Ulster Banner”: Facts and History of Northern Ireland flag
Northern Ireland has not an own official flag: Great Britain’s Union Flag is the only national ensign used by the national government and it is considered the only symbol of this state.
However, facts and history of Northern Ireland flag reveal that this is not exactly how the situation is now in the North. Some local sporting organizations and the local government still use the Ulster Banner as national symbol, mainly because they are under Unionist control.
The unofficial flag design is based on the structure of the British flag, having added to it the symbol of the Ulster province and a crown in the middle. Through its design, the flag shows the loyalty of the Ulster province to the British Crown.
There is a recent dispute regarding the symbolism of the star below the crown: some specialists state that it is the Star of David, other say that it is simply a six-point star that represents the 6 counties that are in Northern Ireland.