Why is Irish flag on the Union Jack not symmetrical?

13 Answers

  • Josh
    Lv 6
    8 years ago
    Best answer

    The Irish flag is actually call St Patrick's Saltire which used to represent all of Ireland in the union but just Northern Ireland in the modern context.

    It was done to give Scotland precedent over Ireland because they were part of the union (alongside England) before Ireland was.

    "The flag does not have reflection symmetry, due to the slight pinwheeling of St Patrick's cross, which is technically called the counterchange of saltires. Thus, it has a right side and a wrong side up. To fly the flag the correct way up, the broad portion of the white cross of St Andrew should be above the red band of St Patrick (and the thin white portion below) in the upper hoist canton (the corner at the top nearest to the flag-pole), giving the Scottish symbol precedence over the Irish symbol. This is expressed by the phrases wide white top and broad side up."

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    The Tricolor is the one true Irish flag and it should fly over city corridor,the union crap is an emblem of oppression and murder in eire at the hands of the scum british executive,we ought to in no way forget the horrors that the british carried out in eire north and south,the war is over and the IRA has received it.'''GOD BLESS THEM'' If the so known as loyalist need to be british then take a a method ticket to the house land across the water ''oh sorry I forgot they don't want you both''' well then put up or SHUT UP you have misplaced,your filty brothers within the ruc,the udr,the b specials and the leisure of the low life murdering scum that the british allowed to roam the streets disguised as police have long gone and can by no means be replaced,GOD BLESS eire ALL 32 COUNTIES OF IT.

  • 8 years ago

    The national flag of the United Kingdom should only be referred to as the 'Union Jack' when it's flown from the jackstaff of a vessel - otherwise it's the Union Flag. The other replies answer your question.

  • Lomax
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    For the benefit of the under-informed:

    The Union Flag is an amalgamation of three Saints' crosses. The cross of St George (for England) is a hoziontal and vertical red cross on a white background. The cross of St Andrew (for Scotland) is a diagonal white cross on a blue background. The cross of St Patrick (for Ireland) is a diagonal red cross on a white background.

    On the staff side of the flag, the crosses are arranged so that that of St Andrew is above that of St Patrick, symbolising the fact that Scotland joined the Union before Ireland did.

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  • 8 years ago

    the british flag is made up of 3 flags, english, scottish and northern ireland

    the irish flag is widegy regarded as formed from the green/ catholics, orange/ protestants, and white in the middle meaning peace between the 2.

    both flags have different meaning so do not have the same design

  • 8 years ago

    The reason that the Irish flag on the Union Jack isn't symmetrical is because Darwin felt that symmetry was an indicator of homosexual tendencies.

    Kind regards

    Source(s): Darwin's book of anal flags
  • 8 years ago

    Where on the Union Jack is the Irish flag?

  • 8 years ago

    Re some of the other answers, why do people frequently talk about Scotland "joining the union" but not England? The union didn't exist until both Scotland and England simultaneously joined each other - that's why it's called the union.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    So you can see it.

    It is just a design technique, also the broad white band should be to the top left, as you read the flag left to right same as with words.

    If it hung down the top is the base to read from.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Irish flag on the Union jack?

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